Number observed: 2
Details: Two adult or first fall females were seen first on 09 by Dan Vetter and Pat Sargent and I saw them along with a single female oir hatch year Common Eider on this date and the next day 11 Nov.. These birds were more scaly on the flanks then the streaked COEI. The head and bill pattern was also different with the KIEI having a shorter blunt darker bill and thicker neck. The feathering pattern was more open at the top of the shorter bill near the eyes. Both of these featured paler defined lines curving down the neck from the eye. These remained for three days and were also seen and photographed by many birders.
Number observed: 1
Details: This adult or first winter female was seen at a smaller bay near Flag Point just east of the Regina Beach Pier along with two adult or hatch year female King Eiders in a smaller Bay just east of the Regina Beach Pier. It was identified first by Dan and Pat Vetter the previous day. This larger brownish duck had much streaking on its neck, breast and flanks The head and bill pattern was diagnostic as was their method of unfurling its wings when diving. The facial pattern was different from the KIEI in that the bill was much longer with more feathering.