Watch for four eiders -- initially identified as King Eiders
from head and bill detail -- for a match, see flight images
of female King Eiders in the Sibley Guide to Birds.
The eiders drifted into view from behind cedars to my left at 7:55,
along with two White-winged Scoters and three Goldeneyes.
Eiders must have have been present for the entire half-hour that
I scanned the lake; and have been the "decoys" that drew in the
scoters which had flown in 15-20 minutes earlier. Both the
scoters and goldeneyes swam and flew north some more, then
flew south. The four eiders, still glued closely together, soon flew
a bit farther out into the lake, but were gone (south?) by the time
I got back from the house with a camera and lens extension.
West Shore of Grand Isle 7:25-08:00
2 Ring-necked Ducks (pair)
1 Red-breasted Merganser (female/immature)
5 Common Goldeneyes (2 males, 3 females)
4 King Eiders (female/immature - a TIGHTLY-KNIT family)
2 White-winged Scoters (female/immature)
Many Common Loons on the water.
A moderate number of Bonaparte's Gulls.
1 small boat from UVM southbound.
2 different young White-winged Scoters on the water.
~10 snow buntings! bouncing through the air way offshore.
buntings on time, even though the weather is slow.
Dave Hoag, Grand Isle