The Eider breeds in freshwater areas near the arctic coast and on arctic islands of North America, Europe an asia. The species winters on the coasts of its range. May sometimes be found at inland freshwater bodies. Feeds on mullusks, crustaceans and aquatic insects as well as some vegetation. To feed the Eider may dive to a depth of 200 feet.
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This eider duckling was one of many found during the census on Stratton Island off the coast of Maine. Seabird biologists and volunteers for Project Puffin carefully comb the island to count nests, chicks, and eggs.