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Common Eider Duck

Somateria mollissima


Very far distance off shore so specifics are difficult. Seemed to be a duck-like bird, much larger than a mallard. Appeared to be mostly white and black with grey areas. Light white to yellow beak with a long angled appearance. Side of head does not look like a common eider nor the white chest feather pattern.


Atlantic ocean at the inlet to Boynton Beach. 200 yard off of the jetty.


Very difficult to determine exactly but seems to be an eider. This individual has been hanging around the inlet just off shore for the last 3 weekend (that I have noticed) This is as close as it has gotten to the jetty or shore.

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Mick G
Mick G 9 years ago

I first though he was tethered to something and couldn't move, possibly a fishing line. Then I asked a person on a wave runner to see. The duck then moved. He left after this far off shot was taken.

jamiewgoodspeed 9 years ago

i saw this happen to except in my encounter he swam towards the shore and let me get 3 feet from him. it was awesome. i wonder why he stayed down here for so long.

Mick G
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Mick G

Boynton Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 23, 2014
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014

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