There are two immature male King Eiders in Setauket Harbor.  Shortly after
9:30 this morning, I spotted one, a very dark bird with contrasting white
breast and orange-yellow bill. Moments later, Peter Scully drove up, looked
at the bird, and said it was not the one he has seen over the last few
days.  He soon spotted that bird, which has the same bill color but is
almost uniformly paler brown.  Both are in the eastern part of the harbor
(which is largely frozen over), viewed from Shore Road.

Doug Futuyma


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