Sunday 27 March 2011

King Eider

This afternoon I ventured down to the Spit to find the adult male King Eider that was reported yesterday. I was happy to find it right where it was supposed to be.

I've never had such a good look at a King Eider in this plumage before. The ones I've seen were mere specks in the scope mixed in with thousands of Common Eiders. It's funny how things are so different here compared with Newfoundland.
It was nice to really see all of its colours and those horns on the back (which I think are feathers sticking out of the back)!
It seemed fitting though because the Eider was getting horny for a female Red-breasted Merganser. It was making a feeble attempt at a courtship display and followed after her for some time. Perhaps when you look that good you don't have to do much to impress the ladies!

I saw 23 species of waterfowl at the Spit this weekend (plus 2 species of grebe and coots) which is pretty good considering that the Presqu'ile waterfowl weekend earlier this month had the same number. They're known for their waterfowl so it's good to know that Toronto can be just as productive. Although we don't see the same number of waterfowl, usually they'll have thousands more than us.