Strikingly Beautiful Birds: Harlequin Duck


I find this bird to be one of the prettiest ducks around (male shown in all his glory at left). It is a rare visitor to the midwestern United States and when it shows up on the Great Lakes (e.g. Lake Michigan) it typically causes a stir among birders. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest in western Oregon, I would go over to the coast in the winter and usually find it along the rocky coast outside of Newport, Oregon.

A Different Migration Route


This species conducts an east-west migration in the Pacific Northwest, moving from the coast in winter to the fast moving mountain streams in Montana, for example. It is always a visual treat if a person is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this strikingly beautiful North American duck!


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Harlequin Duck with Duckling Riding
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Oregon Coast - Woody and Lighthouse
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Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon
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Kites Flying on the Oregon Coast
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Oregon Dunes on the Oregon Coast
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Male Harlequin Duck
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