The Harlequin Duck is still here as I write this. I've been watching it
swim and preen for the past 45 minutes. The young woman at the small
station (not main building) was kind enough to let me park in the lot at
the Ferry to look for this bird (I was totally upfront about my purpose).

I found the Harlequin in with 40 Mallards essentially right where Paul saw
them - on the little piece of shore at the end of the breakwater that is
south of the ferry slips. I began watching it from the bottom of the shed
(by the employee only parking), but due to the light and location of the
Harlequin I walked up to the to of the shed and had an excellent view right
down on the group - which also included one Herring Gull and one
Ring-billed Gull.

The ducks were preening and feeding - though I never saw the Harlequin

Good luck to any who come try for this lovely duck. I got oodles of photos
and will share a few once I've a chance to pull them off my camera sometime

Happy Birding,

On Friday, December 19, 2014, Paul <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Harlequin Duck still present today at noon near the breakwater 100 ft
> south of the Grand Isle ferry slip . Close looks of bird on the shore and
> then diving through the breakers kicked up by a fresh wintery NW wind.I
> parked at the F&W  fishing access parking lot to the north of the ferry
> entrance.
> Paul Wieczoreck
> Hinesburg
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Dec 19, 2014, at 9:57 AM, Ron Payne <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >    There are plenty of Zebra Mussels for it to eat on Lake Champlain.
> > --
> > Ron Payne
> > Middlebury, VT
> >
> > On Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:49:30 -0500, LGarrepy <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > I sure hope your Harlequin Duck fairs better than the one we had on the
> Oswego River last year. It was an extremely cold winter and the shallower
> waters froze. Apparently the duck starved to death, as the fish in the
> deeper waters were too large to eat. I was lucky enough to see it two days
> before it seccumbed.  >
> > >
> > >
> > > > On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Michele Patenaude <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > The Harlequin Duck is here near theGrand Isle ferry in a group of
> Mallards, but not at the ferry dock. Before the blinking yellow light
> across from the big White House with all the windows.  > >
> > > > Michele Patenaude
> > > > 172 Woodbury Road
> > > > Burlington, VT 05408
> > > > 802-862-4085
> > >
> > >