A Harlequin Duck had been reported at
, so I pulled in after
driving Barbara to work. I knew it was
my lucky day when I saw some birders with scopes. As I approached, I recognized Chris and Bob,
Bruce, Connie and Sami. Bate
The subject bird was far on the
side, actually quite close to the bridge.
I contemplated going to the other side, but did not have the right
footwear. Besides, Connie said that
Bruce had just returned from there. So
we contented ourselves with distant views as it dove frequently in the company
of Common Goldeneyes. The experts said
that it was a young male, as it did have more white on the face than a typical
It was way too far for photos, but some Common Goldeneyes were a bit closer. Suzanne joined the group and it was a lifer for her.
On the way home, I stopped at the Deschenes Rapids lookout, but the Northern Pintail had moved on, leaving a bunch of Mallards and a single American Black Duck.