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Common Eider

On a recent visit to Peak’s Island, Maine, I observed many common eiders (the largest ducks in the Northern Hemisphere) bobbing in the ocean just off  the rocky coast.  Every so often one would dive and retrieve a mussel, crab or sea urchin which it would then consume.  At low tide, both drakes and female eiders would settle on the seaweed-covered rocks, where the drakes’ plumage (photo) seemed to blend perfectly.