Wednesday, June 14, 2023

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 King Eider 14/06/2023

🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Wednesday 14th June 2023 ☀️ 21C ~ Wind SSW @ 8MPH ~ Today, Just 30 minutes from home, I went on a short excursion to the Ythan River's estuary to catch a glimpse of a King Eider.

Sleeping Beauty ~ Drake King Eider

For years, the Ythan has been a popular spot for King Eider sightings during spring and early summer. One particular bird, known as Elvis, has become famous both locally and beyond. However, the consensus among local birders is that the current visitor is a 2nd-summer Drake and not Elvis. Many are wondering if the beloved bird has finally 'left the building'.

Drake King Eider ~ A new bird for the Ythan.

It didn't take too long to find the bird today, but most of the Eiders were sound asleep. However, I was fortunate enough to witness him waking up for a brief period, after what felt like an eternity but he soon dropped off back to where Eiders go in their dreams😴, gorgeous bird!

A photo-bombing Goosander!