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This certainly looks like an Eider duck but what on earth is it doing at the location given? I could be wrong but I have never heard of an Eider duck on an inland lake.
Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Martin Mere in Lancashire - well worth a visit at this time of year. Under 10 miles from the coast.
Not sure whether or not wings were clipped or not.............
Plenty of other 'flying' wildfowl including whooper swans also a few Bewick's which have just arrived.
Thanks sparky - I never knew where Martin Mere was!
Interesting point you made, though, about whether or not the wings were clipped. How many were there? Eiders, in my experience, usually congregate in large gatherings/flocks.
Eiders and other sea ducks do occasionally occur inland.In my experience, usually after winter storms and on migration. I have witnessed flocks of both Eiders and Scoters at Fairburn Ings in Spring. A site about as far away as you can get from the sea.
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There were a number of pairs on the lake close to the lodge
The Eider Ducks at WWT Martin Mere are part of the permanent collection, they're not wild I'm afraid.
Thanks for the info Turnstone!
Thanks for all the input guys. Most enlightening! My only experience of Eiders has been on the coast (West Highlands and Forth estuary on the east coast.
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