Met at Bluebird Park at 8:30 am. The pair at Bluebird are brooding young in the culvert nest. They still may be incubating eggs but from the behavior observed: feeding and fecal sac removal, they appear to have some new young.
We proceeded to the upper part of the park and found the lonely male at Bridge 3 singing. The nest has not been worked on further and in fact appeared to be drying and shrinking a bit. We are curious to how long the
male will stand vigil in the area before he vacates.
No dippers were seen below Bridge 3 until Main St. Bridge where we observed the pair feeding. And the birds bringing food to the nest.
Anyone who has time this week to visit Bluebird Park and observe for a short period is most welcome. Please report your observations, if any.
One other note about how low the creek is : I was able to cross the creek by hopping on exposed rocks just below Bridge 2, something unthinkable the last couple of seasons.
We met at Bluebird Park at 8:30 am: Two dippers were seen under the bridge with one going up into the drain pipe that has been used as a nest site in previous years. The other bird (probable male) stood sentry below with some preening and some singing. The bird flew just upstream of the bridge entrance and foraged. We drove up above the reservoir and walked down the creek , checking the nest boxes below the bridges. The city was cleaning the large concrete storage cistern below the dam. Quite the operation, complete with deep sea diver. No dippers were observed in the area. Upon arriving at Bridge 3 we saw the male on some rocks below the nest site. He engaged in singing bouts but no female was in evidence. The nest looks the same as it has for the last couple of weeks (about 2/3 complete). We fear the female may have been predated. We continued down the creek and encountered no dippers until just upstream from the Main St. Bridge. We saw a bird on a rock and then another bird appeared from beneath the bridge and a chase ensued. Some definite territorial behavior between likely male rivals with one bird (Main St. male)about jumping on the other(interloper). some high speed flight chasing back through the bridge. Shortly a bird appeared back on the upstream side and then another bird, the Main St. pair, as evidenced by some bonding behavior. One bird did a slight wing spread and both birds sang together. When we returned to Bluebird we again witnessed some high speed chasing between the rival males. Once back up through the bridge and then back down. We weren’t quite certain where the rival male came from but possibly from upstream. This might be the bird B.Q. saw further up in the park on Sunday. We will be meeting again next Sunday April 13 to walk the creek. I’ll send out a reminder on Friday afternoon. fdl
I walked all the bridges today ( April 2, 2014), saw only one dipper at bridge 3.
calling briefly, mostly quiet, doing lots of preening, not dipping, some foraging.
It flew down river. did some more foraging, dipping, calling. I did not see it come up with any grubs in it’s beaks.
It did not fly under the bridge, nor did I observe any nest building behavior.
I then walked way up to the watershed beyond the last parking lot, past the gate, walked up to the fairy pools, I sat and sketched for awhile, did not see or hear any dippers. G.O.
Sunday, March 30th, I walked the length of Ashland creek and saw a Dipper preening under the Main St bridge at 2pm for about 10 minutes. The bird flew upstream in the tunnel and I lost track of it. Didn’t see another bird all the way to the top of the park. On the way back down I heard a singing Dipper above the playground but couldn’t see it until it flew upstream. There was no Dipper seen back at the Main st bridge so its possible the second sighting could have been the same bird. bq
The probable male dipper was not seen below Bridge 3 today It had been seen and heard singing there on 03.26. The moss dome appeared to be in the same state since the previous dipper walk. Water flows are low compared to last two seasons.