We are extremely proud of our first ever nest, and subsequent hatch, of common eider at Pinola Conservancy! The breeding behavior of the eiders was at a fever pitch prior to the nest, unlike any observed in previous years of working with the species. Even still, the nest came as a complete surprise as the hen managed to make her nest in a box embedded into rock work on the side of a hill, which was not a place we would have suspected. She flushed out of the box on a routine check up around that area and when we peeked inside, 2 eggs, of an eventual 3 egg clutch, were found! Ultimately, 2 chicks hatched on May 25. They are doing great and are growing rapidly. Here’s hoping to more to come in the future!