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Tuesday, 5 January 2010

NORTH AMERICAN EIDER in IRELAND on 2 January




All, photos attached of the possible NORTH AMERICAN EIDER (dresseri) found by myself and Derek Charles at Glasagh Bay, Fanad, on 2 January 2010. Unfortunately neither of us had any photo gear with us so I had to resort to mobile phone pics!

The photographs do not do the bird justice. It actually was showing well and stood out by a mile. Main features seen (or to look out for if you intend going for it):

1) Big lobes at the top of the bill!
2) Stonking orange bill.
3) Sails - initially not clear but after the bird preened, these showed clearly.
4) The green on the neck was more extensive than the accompanying Eider and extended under the black cap.
5) Fine black line between bill and feathering.

Comments or feedback welcome.

Regards

Wilton Farelly