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

Winter Birding at Barnegat Light NJ

Winter Birding 2021 at Barnegat Light NJ

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island is one the most popular winter wildlife viewing spots in the Mid-Atlantic. Birdwatchers come from many miles to admire the Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Eiders, Scoters, and Mergansers.

Plan your visit to “Old Barney” – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

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Common Eider at Barnegat Light NJ

Common Eider

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
New Jersey

The birds nearest to the jetty this morning were mostly Common Eiders and also Harlequin Ducks.

More info on Common Eiders – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Eider/overview

Visit Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

Harlequin Ducks preening in NJ

Harlequin Ducks preening


Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, LBI NJ

December 2018


When engaged in behavioral interactions, the Harlequin Duck gives distinctly unducklike squeaks, the source of one of its local names: sea mouse. More info on Harlequins –https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harlequin_Duck/overview


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