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Saturday, 4 September 2021

Saturday Rave: the courtship song of the eider duck.

 I know that this is entirely the wrong season for duck-courtship (in the Northern hemisphere, anyway) but I suddenly remembered hearing these courting eider a few springs ago and I realised it was just what the world needs to cheer it up:

Do feel free to imitate the song, even if you happen not to be a duck.

Any courtship song, after all, has to be worth a try.

Word To Use Today: eider. This word comes from the Old Norse æthr. A similar word seems to have meant duck more or less for ever.

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