Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Light NJ

Harlequin Ducks

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Harlequin Ducks breeding in eastern Canada and Greenland winter primarily along the coast of Atlantic Canada and New England. Many males form small, loose flocks and leave their breeding grounds by late June. Females begin to return to the coast with young birds from July into September. Males stop over in molting sites, where large numbers congregate during this brief period of flightlessness. They often arrive on their wintering grounds in late October. Wintering birds begin leaving for their breeding grounds in late March.

Learn more about the Harlequin Duck – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harlequin_Duck/overview

Ipswich Sparrow at Barnegat Light

Ipswich Sparrow

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
January 2021

I was fortunate this sparrow popped up in good morning light and with an uncluttered foreground and background on my most recent jetty walk.

More info on the Ipswich Sparrow – http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/species/fieldguide/view/Passerculus%20sandwichensis%20princeps/