[CT Birds] HARLEY YES
alexanderburdo at mac.com
Fri Dec 9 16:46:43 EST 2011
The male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues as of 4:20 in one of the large rafts of Common Goldeneye on the left side of the reef. Long-range digiscoped photos were obtained. The Harlequin was in view for around five minutes, diving constantly and moving about the flock. It was lost when the flock moved around an adjacent house.
To those who may be coming tomorrow: be patient. It took us twenty minutes to relocate this bird in the many scoter and goldeneye flocks. This bird was incredibly active, moving from flock to flock and diving pretty far.
James noted that these large group of goldeneye (250+) were not present last week. It seems probable then, that the Harlequin Duck came in with some of the goldeneyes over the course of the week.
Lastly, we're considering adult male for this bird. It had defined white areas, clean blue gray plumage and rusty sides.
Digiscoped photos to be posted here: http://floridascrubjay.wordpresscom/
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