To most people, perhaps, the down of the Eider Duck, in the form of a coverlet, is more familiar than the bird itself.
The Eider Duck is so thoroughly sea-going in its habits, that it rarely even flies over the land, except to reach its nest, and will rather follow the windings of the coast than cross even a narrow headland.
In many places the Eider is jealously protected for the sake of its precious down, especially in Iceland and Norway, and the taking of the eggs or down by unauthorized persons is an offence punishable by law.
The food of the Eider Duck consists of minute marine insects, crustaceans, and shellfish, especially mussels and small crabs.
The favourite nesting places of the Eider Duck are low, rocky islands, well covered with marine vegetation, such as campion, thrift, and grass.
Outside our limits, the Eider inhabits most of the coasts and islands of the North Atlantic.
Most of this food is obtained by diving, the Eider being marvellously expert at this, not only descending to a great depth, but remaining for a long time below.
In the Old World the eider breeds in suitable localities from Spitsbergen to the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland--where it is known as St Cuthbert's duck.
In appearance the eider is somewhat clumsy, though it flies fast and dives admirably.
On the west coast of North America the eider is represented by a species (S.
No sooner has the eider duck made her nest than she lines the inside of it with the softest down from her breast.
My surprise was slightly modified when I knew that this tranquil and solemn personage was only a hunter of the eider duck, the down of which is, after all, the greatest source of the Icelanders' wealth.
Then comes the hunter or trader, taking away the nest, the poor bereaved female begins her task over again, and this continues as long as anyeider down is to be found.
It was at this moment that I had reason to bless the thoughtfulness of my uncle, when he refused to allow the eider hunter to close the orifices of the hot spring--that small fissure in the great mass of granite.
Now, as the eider duck never selects steep rocks or aspects to build its nest, but rather sloping and low cliffs near to the sea, the Icelandic hunter can carry on his trade operations without much difficulty.
The nest is accordingly finished, the eggs are laid, the little ones are born, and next year the harvest of eider down is again collected.
It would have been a dead beat across the sands to Cuxhaven, while it was a fair wind straight out to the Eider River.
And there was no need, because my taking the Eiderexplained it.
The Eider route is the old one, but he hoped to get rid of some of his apples at Tönning, the town at its mouth.
That passage to the Schleswig coast--the Eider River, did you say?
I let her understand that I went there, and, not finding them, went on to the Baltic by the Eider river, having changed my mind about the ship canal.
So I made a passage of it to the Eider River, there on the West Schleswig coast, took the river and canal through to Kiel on the Baltic, and from there made another passage up north to Flensburg.
The eider duck has a curious method of teaching her young ones to swim.
Occasionally eider and pin-tailed duck were shot, as well as a few brent-geese, but these birds appeared remarkably shy and wary, although evidently here to breed.
It means new business, if the eiders are once made safe in sanctuaries; for we now import our eider down from points outside of Canada.
The eider ought to be specially protected all the way up to the Pilgrims, which are only 100 miles below Quebec.
Perhaps the Northern or Greenland eider (Somateria mollissima borealis) might also be induced to concentrate there.
Then back to Orkney early in June for Merlins, Black Guillemot, Eider Duck, etc.
In the north (Schleswig), where at the time of Charles the Great the riverEider formed the linguistic boundary, German has gained and is still gaining on Danish.
Charlemagne had established a march between the Eider and the Schlei; but in course of time the Danes had not only seized this territory, but had driven the German population beyond the Elbe.
The Saxons had been slowly reconquering the lost ground, and now Henry, advancing with his victorious army into Jutland, forced Gorm, the Danish king, to become his vassal and regained the land between the Eider and the Schlei.
The Warni now disappear from history, and from this time the Teutonic peoples of the north as far as the Danish boundary about the Eiderare called Saxons.
Peace was maintained with Canute, and in 1035 a treaty was concluded and the land between the Eider and the Schlei was ceded to Denmark.
The Danes fell back across the Eider river, and the Prince of Augustenburg, proclaimed the rightful ruler, took up his residence in Kiel.
I always keep on tinking you taken prisoner or killed eider by de French or de robbers--one as bad as de oder.
Our beds are the softest we have yet slept in, for both mattress and coverlet are of eider down.
The floor is painted yellow and strips of rag carpet are laid beside the narrow bedsteads, where we sleep under eider down.
The old lady is stacked up between pillows of eider down, and the blue-eyed granddaughter is full of tender care.
We have also passed beyond the latitude of blankets and are come to the zone of eider down.
The above list will hopefully give you a few useful examples demonstrating the appropriate usage of "eider" in a variety of sentences. We hope that you will now be able to make sentences using this word.