Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Ducks

Shortly after I took this picture, I saw a male harlequin duck in Newark Bay in Bayonne. It was visible from a promenade along the bay behind a new housing development and Holy Family Academy. The harlequin flew in and landed about a hundred yards out, and proceeded to dive several times off one of the jetties.

Also present were a great cormorant (on the old railroad bridge pilings), a northern harrier, and small flocks of American wigeons, gadwall, buffleheads, and red-breasted mergansers.