On 14th May 2020, William Dickson told me about a Common Eider Somateria mollissima sitting on a nest on the harbour wall at Kirkcaldy, Fife. The nest was situated on the only patch of vegetation along the entire harbour ledge. On 25th May the bird was alarmed by a passing dog and flew into the harbour, revealing two eggs in the downy nest (plate 169).

Despite the nest being so close to human habit

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