[CT Birds] Connecticut nesting eider
Tina and Peter Green
petermgreen at hotmail.com
Sun Jun 14 19:28:40 EDT 2015
I will investigate more when I return home, but these were very small ducklings, probably not more than a few days old and they were almost on her back when they ventured for a short swim with their mother from the small island before returning to the safety of the rocky island.With all the boat traffic in that area, it's hard to believe they traveled very far from where they hatched.It seems possible that they bred here in CT.
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> On Jun 14, 2015, at 6:30 PM, Glenn Williams via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> There are no nesting records for eider in Connecticut. Nesting Common Eider were confirmed on South Dumpling Island just over our border in NY about a decade ago. I no longer get to go out there, but I was told that they continue this spring - with considerably fewer nests than found originally. Conditions on the island have degraded. I don't know how far young eider swim from their nests but it seems possible that the eider that Tina found could have originated in another state. It also seems like a matter of time before they do nest in Connecticut, There has been some debate as to whether or not our islands provide the proper conditions for them on CTBirds in the past. Does anyone know how far downy young can range?
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