Lake at JCB Rocester, we spotted this Eider duck. It was on its own at the side of the lake, near the fishermen, at the edge of the boat slipway. Now, I know that Eider ducks are a palaearctic marine species that seldom stray far from the sea. They are also only seen south of Northumbria in the winter, so why is this one so far inland?
RSPB say about their location;
"The UK's heaviest duck, and its fastest flying. It is a true sea duck,
rarely found away from coasts where its dependence on coastal molluscs
for food has brought it into conflict with mussel farmers. In the breeding season, eiders are best looked for from the
Northumberland coast northwards and off the west coast of Scotland. They
are found in the same areas in winter and also further south on the
Yorkshire coast and around the east and south coast as far a Cornwall.
Belfast Lough is a N Ireland stronghold and some are also found off the