Date: 3/18/17 6:42 am From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> Subject: [obol] Harlequin Ducks
As I was passing through Newport at sunset on Wednesday March 15th I stopped by the Yaquina Bay South Jetty for a quick look. A pile of harlequin ducks was roosting on the jetty rocks and the adjacent westernmost rock groin near the west end of the gull puddles area. This is a favorite haulout location for these birds when fisherpersons are not out scurrying on the rocks. How many is a pile? By my count that is a minimum of 34 birds, but a few more were likely present out of my sight and I didn't want to get out of my car and disturb them. That is the most harlequin ducks I've ever seen at one location and the ratio was about 3:1 males to females.