Dipper Notes 12.19.14

Near the granite st. reservoir this afternoon  2 dippers were below the dam feeding just above and below Bridge #1. They were feeding close together for the 20 or more minutes . When I first arrived I heard a bird singing just below Bridge 1 and then some rattle calls. I walked down to the bridge and saw 2 birds. fdl

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Dipper Note 12.6.14

American Dipper, 12-6-2014, N. Main BridgePeter and Linda report seeing the male dipper at the Bluebird Park/ North Main St. bridge nest site today.

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15th Annual Dipper Walk – Saturday January 3rd, 2015

Join  Bob Quaccia for the 15th annual Dipper Walk in 2015
Meet at the Ashland Plaza at 9 a.m. for a slow-paced walk
along Ashland Creek in Lithia Park to count American
Dippers.

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Dipper Notes 10.31.14

Lone American Dipper above  Granite St. swimming reservoir quietly foraging. Observed for 30 minutes.

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Dipper Notes 10.17.14

Bluebird Park 830hrs:

…drove up to the top and walked down as per usual.

Two  dippers were seen in the Granite St. swimming reservoir. When we first saw them one was on a rock on the east side and another was swimming and foraging nearby. Both birds were close together for a short while even sharing the same rock. One bird sang softly. One bird flew off up stream after the other moved a bit closer. Not really antagonistic behavior but could not say they were a pair. One bird appeared from the dark breast and dark mandible color to be an AHY bird (after hatch-year/so over a year old). The other bird I never got a good enough look to say. When I returned after the walk to retrieve my truck I did not see the birds in the reservoir and did not look upstream.
A lone bird was spotted foraging (successfully) between bridge 3 and 4. The bird kept flushing downstream ahead of us until we lost it below Bridge 5. It appeared to be a HY bird due to its light breast and light colored lower mandible. It called just once when we watched it and not loudly.
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