Date: 12/2/19 9:56 am From: <rbowes...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/30 1st year King Eider at Duxbury town pier - pix''
Returning from a couple of hours birding on Duxbury Beach, I stopped to check the Town Pier (Mattakeeset Court). Occasionally one may get close looks at waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls, terns and once in a long, long while an alcid. At high tide they can drift in very close to the parking lot. A first year male King Eider was in company of 2 juvenile Common Eiders viewable from town pier. Photos with ebird posting at: <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61929072> https://ebird.org/checklist/S61929072. Hard to believe this drab youth will become such a strikingly beautiful adult!
A King Eider is very uncommon in upper Duxbury Bay though almost every year one or two will show up off Duxbury Beach or off Gurnet point. It was mostly dozing and drifting between 2:00-2:15pm (high tide was 1:41pm @ 11.0 ft). Waters were quiet in pier area though choppy out in Bay. Because waters become so shallow at low tide (0.6 ft on 30th) as tides ebb, birds usually leave the immediate pier area, and transients typically don't return. I've not seen it again.