British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-01-15 12:39:36

Eider duck rescue for Montrose Team

On my way home from doing the school run I passed a duck sitting at the bus stop on Rossie Island Road, Ferryden, Montrose. I wondered where she might be going and noticed that the traffic was heavy and that the double decker bus had not stopped for her. I turned my car around and offered her a lift. I approached her slowly and carefully and asked if she was waiting for a bus. She looked at me for a moment then turned her gaze back down the road, looking for the next bus I thought. We played catch at the rodside and after a short game she got bored and decided to let me win. "Indulge the human" I thought she muttered under her breath. She settled on the front seat of my car and off we went. I sang old MacDonald had a duck but she didnt want to join in. I tried a game of duck duck goose at which point she jumped onto the floor and turned her back on me.

As I pulled into the Scottish Wildlife Trust (Montrose Basin) which is where I had decided to take her, she gave me a couple of "quacks" and deposited her fare on the car mat. I thought her generosity might have reflected the fact that I had in fact taken her in the opposite direction of where she wanted to go!. The ranger of the reserve checked her over and said she was fine if not a little underweight. "yes" I replied, she lost the weight in my car I told him!. He laughed and said he would release her on the basin confirming that "she" now named "jemima puddle duck" was a female eider and off they went.

Jacque Watt
Marine Mammal Medic
Montrose / Arbroath Area