Iain Rayner found a female King Eider this morning off of the Fothergill Isle causeway on Pigeon Lake. Don Sutherland and I observed the bird before lunch; it is with a large mixed flock of ducks south of Thorne Island. It is very distant and hard to see even with a scope. We had closer and better views of it when we drove south and knocked on a house and obtained permission to look from their backyard (still requiring a scope). The closest vantage point would be the point that Cadigan Road goes to, if you can get permission to enter someone’s backyard.

In discussing the record with Peter Burke, Don Sutherland and Colin Jones, this is the first record for Peterborough County.

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Female King Eider, Wikimedia

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.