About Eiderduck

We chose Eiderduck as our domain name as they are some of the nicest birds we know, also it was one of the few real words available as a domain name we could find that meant anything to us at all. The following is largely from Wikipedia.

Wikipedia on Common Eider

The Common Eider, Somateria mollissima, is a large (50–71 cm body length) sea-duck, which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. It can fly at speeds up to 113km/h(70mph).

The eider's nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining has long been harvested for filling pillows and quilts, but in more recent years has been largely replaced by down from domestic farm-geese and synthetic alternatives. Although true eiderdown pillows or quilts are now a rarity, eiderdown harvesting continues and is sustainable, as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest with no harm to the birds.

St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (c. 634 – 20 March 687) protected the eider and a particularly famous colony of eiders lives on the Farne Islands in Northumberland. These birds were the subject of this law, one of the first ever bird protection laws, established in the year 676. About 1,000 pairs still nest there every year. Because St. Cuthbert is the patron saint of Northumberland, it was natural that the eider should be chosen as the county's emblem bird; the birds are still often called Cuddy's ducks in the area, "Cuddy" being the familiar form of "Cuthbert". The pictures are taken in Amble harbour.

Call is a coo-ing, not unlike Frankie  Howerd.

UK distribution

(from RSPB)

Other eider species