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Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) discovered by sam (#6244)

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Observed: March 2, 2015 @ 7:15 AM
Posted on: March 2, 2015 @ 6:47 PM (diff: 0 days)
A small company of them, (about 2-3 hundred) flew by us as we were speeding along . that IS the first company of Common Eider I saw in this area for years. back in the sixties and to a lesser degree, we would see huge companies that stretched for more than a nautical. the greatest decline I have witnessed was when the offshore oil development began. I don't know if that was a great factor in their decline, but we suddenly saw great numbers with oil on them. we would shoot these oil covered ones to get them out of their misery, because they couldn't fly or dive . they were starving to death, or freezing, because you could see the bare flesh between the globby feathers.

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