This first year (year old) male King
Eider is at Colonel Sam Smith Park in Toronto. It was first reported
here on 11 May by Lynn Pady, several days after the first year male
at LaSalle Marina in Burlington was last reported on 6 May 2012,
likely the same birds. King Eiders do not breed in their first year
so it may stay on Lake Ontario this summer. Photo: 24 May 2012.
It's an excellent opportunity to study
its molt from first breeding plumage to second winter plumage. It
still has retained worn brown primaries and secondaries.
contrasting with new black scapulars and body feathers. Most of its
tail feathers are old and worn except for a new black deck (centre
tail) feather. The wings and tail will be fully molted later this
summer. Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto, 23 May 2012.