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Old Jun 10, 2013, 5:01 PM   #1
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Not a birder so don't know if these are duck or not. Cold, misty, and cloudy on the NH coast. Water temp about 50-so no swimming.
Shot at Wallis Sands Beach, Rye, NH
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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Yes they are ducks. Did a little tweaking of the first image to get a better look - the large ones are Common Eiders, a northern species not seen too much further south of your latitude, but I can't tell for sure what the smaller ones are. They may be foraging for invertebrates or fish flushed out by the surf. Nice action shots, despite the poor lighting.

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Thanks for the info-not much of a birder-but thought it was interesting.
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Looks like they're having fun. I agree about them likely feeding in the surf. Sometimes you can see fish feeding in the same stirred up surf zone. Even caught a few fish right in that zone feeding on the sand fleas(mole crabs, I think), in the southern surf.
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As your title implies these eiders do have one or more chicks with them. Most literature does not have this subspecies breeding south of Canada, but this source extends the breeding range south to Massachusetts, of which, living on the Pacific coast for some years, I was not aware:

http://seaduckjv.org/infoseries/coei_sppfactsheet.pdf
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