What will be the ultimate effect of plucking geese's quills, and of the eider duck's abstraction of the down from her breast?
It is the soft, fine feathers of a bird called the eider duck.
An eider duck's nest was found fully one hundred yards from the water, unsheltered on the rocks, with five eggs and clean down.
There the eider duck builds its nest and spends the brief summer of the Arctic.
The food of the eider duck consists of minute marine insects, crustaceans, and shellfish, especially mussels and small crabs.
The eider duck has a curious method of teaching her young ones to swim.
No sooner has the eider duck made her nest than she lines the inside of it with the softest down from her breast.
The party then went down to the Cobb to look at the eider duck, and were very well satisfied with her appearance.
The down of that pr-rovident bird, the eider duck, makes a substitute for the flesh that ought to pad my poor bones.
The eider duck differs from all the birds of the same tribe hitherto described, in being essentially and absolutely a sea-bird.