J is for Journey – The Harlequin Males have Arrived!

Each year the Harlequin Duck males show up on our backyard beach in the second week of April after being gone for the winter. I know  this because I’ve noted it in our wildlife journal for the past seven years. This young drake didn’t let me down. He dropped in right on schedule.

I’m not sure where they go when they leave us for the season, but it must be a long way, because when he arrived he spent the whole afternoon on this rock. When I took a stroll around the yard just before dark, he was still roosting. Usually they spook easily, but he held his ground and gave no notice. He was hunkered down the same way until it was too dark to see him. Presumably he remembers our yard was a peaceful safe place last year, and he has settled in for the night–a rest after his journey.

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About sherijkennedyriverside

Left brain, right brain, I can't decide. After many years of successful visual arts pursuits, I'm working on my other creative inclinations. For the past 8 years, writing has been my second full time job, and it's worth every sleepless night. Sheri J. Kennedy grew up mostly a city-girl coasthopping from Seattle to rural Pennsylvania, Miami and back to Seattle. She currently resides on the banks of the Snoqualmie River in the scenic Cascade Mountains. Her heart has found its home.
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4 Responses to J is for Journey – The Harlequin Males have Arrived!

  1. Angela Ewing says:

    What a pretty bird!

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    • They are pretty boys. 🙂 The females are dark grey with a little white and blend in almost invisibly with the river rocks and water surface, so the males do a great job at distracting you from their mates and keeping them safe. But I don’t think the females have arrived yet this year.

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  2. You are so fortunate to live in such a magical place.

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