Five photos of Harlequin Duck, and how to identify it

In our November/December 2016 issue, we included maps showing where to find Harlequin Duck. The photos and tips in the gallery below will help you identify it.

Male Harlequin Duck

Male Harlequin Duck

Winter strongholds for the sea duck include the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, or Dungeness NWR, Washington; Cape Saint Mary’s, Newfoundland; Isle au Haut, Maine; and Sachuest Point NWR or Beavertail State Park, Rhode Island. Photographer Harry Collins found the adult male above at another good spot: Barnegat Light, New Jersey, our Hotspot Near You No. 77.

Harlequins typically arrive during the first week of October, and their numbers increase until mid-December. The ducks remain until the beginning of April, when they start returning to their breeding grounds. By late May, they are usually all gone.

Harlequin Duck, male, at Barnegat light, New Jersey, Hotspot Near You No. 77, April 2015, by Harry Collins

See more photos of Harlequin Duck.

Read about Sachuest Point NWR, Rhode Island’s Harlequin hotspot.

Read about Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey, Hotspot Near You No. 77.

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