When moving inland, pairs of Harlequins usually fly low, following every bend of the river rather than taking overland shortcuts. Barnegat Lighthouse Satate Park sit at the end Long Beach Island and has a jetty that runs along a channel several hundred yards part of which sticks out into the ocean. Harlequin ducks are the only North American duck species specialized to fast-moving water habitats. The migration of the harlequin has been compared to that of salmon, because both the harlequin and salmon follow rivers and streams back to their breeding grounds. Other than the Lake Erie record, there is no existing evidence that West Coast breeding populations make the long journey east across the continent to winter along the Atlantic coast. Both populations disperse widely over their ranges. We believe it is important to protect and sustainably manage the land where we operate. There is a previous record of a juvenile, first-fall Harlequin Duck, also with Montana origins, taken by a duck hunter on Lake Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2015. Threats. This jetty during the winter attracts Harlequin Ducks plus other sea ducks and both Common and Red-throated Loon are possible. Glacier National Park’s cold, clear streams are critical breeding habitat for these charismatic birds. Harlequin Duck 3 In spring, the birds begin their migration to inland nesting sites that are usually along smaller river tributaries. The migration of the harlequin has been compared to that of salmon, because both the harlequin and salmon follow rivers and streams back to their breeding grounds. Harlequin Duck 3 In spring, the birds begin their migration to inland nesting sites that are usually along smaller river tributaries. Both populations disperse widely over their ranges. It is often found in summer on rushing rivers, diving and swimming against the current, climbing easily on steep and slippery rocks above the water. Though the harlequin is scarce, its markings are so distinctive it would be difficult to miss. Glacier National Park’s cold, clear streams are critical breeding habitat for these charismatic birds. The Harlequin Duck Migration & Connectivity Project.

The Harlequin duck is abundant during the breeding season in a few regions within its range, but only in remote areas inaccessible to most people in the Aleutian Islands. Population. Harlequin ducks are the only North American duck species specialized to fast-moving water habitats. Harlequins face many threats, including climate change, habitat loss, human disturbance, and oil spills. Throughout Western Canada, the forestlands where we operate are under regulation by federal, provincial, and local environmental and aboriginal authorities. Harlequins face many threats, including climate change, habitat loss, human disturbance, and oil spills. Harlequin Duck migration often does not take the standard north-south pattern found in many birds; Harlequins wintering on the Pacific Coast and in Puget Sound may move south or west (to the Olympic Peninsula) to breed. Harlequin ducks dive to feed on crustaceans and mollusks, insects, small fish and roe found in riverine and marine habitats.

Conservation Status. Migration to the traditional wintering areas, which may encompass the moulting sites, takes place from October to November. Unfortunately, Harlequin Duck migration patterns and wintering locations are relatively unknown, which makes it difficult to create a comprehensive conservation plan for the species.

Turbulent northern waters are favored by this strikingly patterned little duck. Harlequin ducks dive to feed on crustaceans and mollusks, insects, small fish and roe found in riverine and marine habitats. The Harlequin duck is abundant during the breeding season in a few regions within its range, but only in remote areas inaccessible to most people in the Aleutian Islands. Population.

Harlequin Duck Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Though the harlequin is scarce, its markings are so distinctive it would be difficult to miss. Threats.

Migration to the traditional wintering areas, which may encompass the moulting sites, takes place from October to November.