A seabird paradise is situated about a mile from Amble harbour, as the island is the home to 40,000 nesting sea birds including puffins, rare roseate terns, sandwich tern, common tern, artic terns, kittiwakes and eider ducks
which all nest here in the summer months.
F E HYNES, Middlesbrough Male and female Eider ducks
at South Gare, Redcar, by Ray |Simpson, of Marske
Oystercatchers and curlews called constantly, while eider ducks
, mergansers and northern divers hunted for sh.
Out in the river channel were eider ducks
, the drakes keen to attract the attention of the females.
This archipelago was awarded world heritage status for caring for eider ducks
and harvesting their down.
Taking a boat around Puffin Island last week, however, we saw good numbers of Guillemots and Kittiwakes on the cliffs, and a few dozen Puffins and Eider ducks
r they usually make mud nests in the wild, but havea grow rn to prefer bark chippings after they were placed on their island to assist the breeding of the eider ducks
, who were found nesting on the chippings.
The islanders have long since left but every May the eider ducks
come ashore to mate.
Species benefiting from the makeover include rosy-billed pochard, ringtail teal, chestnut teal, red-billed pintails, Ross's snow goose, marble teal, red-crested pochard, mandarin ducks, eider ducks
and lesser white-fronted goose.
This cruise will not only show you puffins, but you will also see Sandwich terns diving for fish and eider ducks
Hundreds of common eider ducks
were cast ashore, bedraggled and dead, at the wrack line, where the receding tide leaves debris, "lying just one after the other," she said.
After a wonderful night's sleep, rocked by the gentle lapping of the Baltic, we took breakfast and watched the Eider ducks
and their ducklings swim around the boat, and then reluctantly left and headed north to Stockholm.