Common Eider (male)
"East Arctic" subspecies
Somateria mollissima borealis
Portland Head Light, Portland, Maine
19 May 2008
Common eiders are rare in Ottawa, but thrive along the eastern seaboard, especially during the winter. On a trip to Maine in May 2008, Melanie and I found our first common eiders near the Portland Head Light lighthouse.
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