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eastern harlequins

Postby flight control » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:02 am

Yesterday I went down to the warf to see what birds I could see. To my surprise there was a drake harlequin sitting there with two black scoters and an oldsquaw. He is only the third one ive seen,the other two I saw ten years ago were sitting 20 feet from where this guy was. I tried getting a picture on my phone but it ended up looking like the loch ness monster.

They are on the endangered species list here on the east coast and I was wondering how often you guys see them.I think it would make my entire season to have one light in my decoys while hunting, not to shoot him of course, but just to watch
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby Daffy Ducking » Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:55 am

I have hunted Mass and Rhode Island for Eiders and we had Harli's on us like Misquitos! I mean they were all over the place! Next to the boat, in the blocks, everywhere! That was my first time seeing them here like that in numbers.
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Postby jehler » Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:49 pm

Never seen one here but others have. I did see my first great lakes eider last season though, kind of a big deal to me
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby AKWoody » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:00 am

They are all over up here!! Two years ago we also had them on us everyday like mosqitos...only we can shoot them. :grooving:
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby Shade » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:49 am

AKWoody wrote:They are all over up here!! Two years ago we also had them on us everyday like mosqitos...only we can shoot them. :grooving:



We can shoot 1 per season here in WA. I have only been sea duck hunting once here, but we had Harlis all over us. Every Harli we saw came over and sat in our deeks. Granted, the guy that took me out has been doing this a long time and knew just where to find them, but it was one of the best experiences in my 23 years of hunting.
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby flight control » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:34 pm

As far as I know they have never been very common here. Ive herd of a king eider being shot here but never a harli.
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby flight control » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:44 am

I was looking out my living room window this morning and saw what I thought were two hen buffies,but the white on the head of one of them seemed too bright. On closer inspection, I realized it was a pair of harlis on the river right in front of my house! I just think they are one of the coolest looking birds out there.
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Postby jehler » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:01 am

flight control wrote:I was looking out my living room window this morning and saw what I thought were two hen buffies,but the white on the head of one of them seemed too bright. On closer inspection, I realized it was a pair of harlis on the river right in front of my house! I just think they are one of the coolest looking birds out there.

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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby flight control » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:18 am

Im up in New-Brunswick ,Canada.
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Sat May 19, 2012 6:58 pm

Got mine back a week ago.

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Postby jehler » Sun May 20, 2012 12:24 pm

flight control wrote:Im up in New-Brunswick ,Canada.

nice, haven't been to that area yet but it's on my bucket list.
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby QH's Paw » Sun May 20, 2012 6:06 pm

I haven't had any of my harlies taxidermed but, I want to try and get one with my bow(in flight) and, when I succeed, I'll have to stuff that bird. I've already got a taxidermist picked and have talked to him about an in flight mount with the arrow running through the bird.
My first harlie sat in the freezer for a few years, before I finally gifted it to someone else that wanted to have it mounted.
I really like the look of harlie mounts but, when it comes time to put up the cash, I start thinking about what I can buy for hunting with that much cash.
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Postby jehler » Mon May 21, 2012 5:06 am

QH's Paw wrote:I haven't had any of my harlies taxidermed but, I want to try and get one with my bow(in flight) and, when I succeed, I'll have to stuff that bird. I've already got a taxidermist picked and have talked to him about an in flight mount with the arrow running through the bird.
My first harlie sat in the freezer for a few years, before I finally gifted it to someone else that wanted to have it mounted.
I really like the look of harlie mounts but, when it comes time to put up the cash, I start thinking about what I can buy for hunting with that much cash.

that's a good way to save money lol!
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby goosehunter64 » Mon May 21, 2012 8:13 am

flight control wrote:Im up in New-Brunswick ,Canada.

From there myself. I've only see 1-2 in all my years of watching waterfowl in the spring and fall.
I did see a Tuffed duck one time on a local marsh.
Not sure if it's legal to shoot eastern harli's anywhere else along the coast...but it's illegal in New Brunswick.

I thought this bad boy was a Ring Neck until it turned it's head...

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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby QH's Paw » Mon May 21, 2012 8:51 am

jehler wrote:
QH's Paw wrote:I haven't had any of my harlies taxidermed but, I want to try and get one with my bow(in flight) and, when I succeed, I'll have to stuff that bird. I've already got a taxidermist picked and have talked to him about an in flight mount with the arrow running through the bird.
My first harlie sat in the freezer for a few years, before I finally gifted it to someone else that wanted to have it mounted.
I really like the look of harlie mounts but, when it comes time to put up the cash, I start thinking about what I can buy for hunting with that much cash.

that's a good way to save money lol!

Oh, I don't save any money, just spend it somewhere else.
A mounted bird is 2 cases of shell. When I think of that, it makes the decision easy.
Hunt or look at stuffed birds, it's a no brainer. :hammer:
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby flight control » Tue May 22, 2012 1:24 pm

Dingbatter 2 wrote:Got mine back a week ago.

Very nice :thumbsup:

jehler wrote:
flight control wrote:Im up in New-Brunswick ,Canada.

nice, haven't been to that area yet but it's on my bucket list.


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flight control wrote:Im up in New-Brunswick ,Canada.

From there myself. I've only see 1-2 in all my years of watching waterfowl in the spring and fall.
I did see a Tuffed duck one time on a local marsh.
Not sure if it's legal to shoot eastern harli's anywhere else along the coast...but it's illegal in New Brunswick.

I thought this bad boy was a Ring Neck until it turned it's head...

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Wow he was waaaaay off course :lol3: maybe escaped from a pen?
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby goosehunter64 » Tue May 22, 2012 1:39 pm

Hard to say if he was from a pen or not...I'm thinking he wasn't...cuz there were a couple other there...mixed with a ton of ring bills and widgeon and a few blacks....
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby AKWoody » Tue May 22, 2012 2:02 pm

I saw a couple of those when I lived out at the end of the Aleutian Islands. I thought it was a bluebill from a distance. Too bad it wasnt duck season! Beautiful ducks ffor sure!

I could believe these were wild. They are all over Europe, so its not to far fetched that the Atlantic Ocean winds blew them over to Canada.
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby goosehunter64 » Tue May 22, 2012 2:38 pm

AKWoody wrote:I saw a couple of those when I lived out at the end of the Aleutian Islands. I thought it was a bluebill from a distance. Too bad it wasnt duck season! Beautiful ducks ffor sure!

I could believe these were wild. They are all over Europe, so its not to far fetched that the Atlantic Ocean winds blew them over to Canada.

Exactly AKW. Seen them in a coastal marsh. When I got home...I wasn't sure what I had seen either. I thought it was the wind blowing their head feathers to the side or up a bit...but upon opening my ID books...low and behold..a Tufted Duck.
Right in that marsh where the green arrow is.

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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Tue May 22, 2012 7:06 pm

I don't mind spending a few dollars on a mount. Sicne I doubt I will ever get back to the west coast I figure one day when I get to old to get out there after those divers and seasducks (become a piddle duck hunter, ugh) I can sit back and stare at the stuffed ducks and reminisce about the days gone buy. Afterall, hunting and the outdoors are built on good memories. :smile:
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby Alaska Gray » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:08 am

They are up here in good numbers.. I find them all the time with Goldeneyes and Buffleheads....
Generally I see them by rocky areas...
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Re: eastern harlequins

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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby goosehunter64 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:18 pm

g_maxson wrote:Image

Awesome pic g_maxson :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: eastern harlequins

Postby ncbufflehead » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:47 pm

very nice mount
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Postby Tealer » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:19 pm

jehler wrote:Never seen one here but others have. I did see my first great lakes eider last season though, kind of a big deal to me


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