Dipper Note 05.14.15

Both Bridge 3 pair and Main St. pair are now incubating a brood. Bridge 3 is due sometime after May 15th and Main St. Pair closer to the end of May. Peter and Linda visited both sites yesterday on 5/13 and I visied today. No change.

fdl

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Dipper Note 05.08.15

Peter reports viewing some mating between the male and female at Bluebird Park this morning:

“I watched for 20 minutes total. Nothing for 3 minutes, then a bird flew to the nest from downstream. Then nothing for 3 minutes, and then an unbanded bird flew from the nest and preened on a rock for about 10 minutes. Then the banded male flew from upstream with lots of singing and mounted the female. The male then flew to the nest, the female remained on the rock, and I left.”

 

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Dipper Note 05.04.15

I visited Bridge 3 this afternoon and saw a bird up in the nest box when I peeked under the bridge. No other birds were seen nearby. By all appearances the pair has started a second brood and have started the incubation period.

We might expect hatching to occur around May 15.

fdl

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Dipper Note 05.01.15

Peter and Linda report seeing at least one fledgling and both adults. Lots of activity including time spent up in the nest by both adults .

There were apparently 2 nestlings and both have fledged. They fledged either 4.30 or 05.01.

fdl

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Dipper Note 04.29.15

This afternoon I saw 4 feedings in 30 minutes from 2:20 PM at Bluebird Only saw female feeding, at least 2 nestlings .
No activity at bridge 3 (briefly observed) and just above bridge 2, saw dark adult (photo) feed a fledgling )photo) several times and then rest on a rock. The fledgling was very active between feedings. Observed 3:00 PM for 30 minutes PK
IMG_9574 fledgling 4-29-2015 above bridge 2
IMG_9586 dark adult, 4-29-2015 bridge 2
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Dipper Note 04.27.15

This morning P. and I saw 3 feedings in 5 minutes at Blue Bird park.

At Bridge 3:
We saw 4 nest building trips in 3 minutes at bridge 3 by the dark bird. The light bird also flew to the nest once — the left box. Both birds were briefly at the nest together. The dark bird also fed a baby just upstream of bridge 3 several times. When the light bird flew out of the nest upstream we’re not sure we saw it again.
There was a second fledgling upstream of bridge 2 that did not beg when an adult flew by. This fledgling then flew out of sight downstream after seeming to forage a bit.
We saw an the dark adult foraging by bridge 1 but could not see a fledgling there. LK

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Dipper Note 04.25.15

Yesterday, Saturday, about 1 pm, the same (?) fledgling was at the place where Bob saw it, upstream from the bridge under the sawn-off stump on the left (looking upstream). The smaller, darker bird came and fed it. Then the fledgling flew further upstream, and the same adult came and fed it again.
Meanwhile the larger, lighter bird appeared with a mouthful of bugs, stopped below the bridge for a moment, then flew upstream past the first nestling and out of sight (to feed a second one?).
Later, when I was walking back down the path, I saw the lighter, larger adult fly by me, heading downstream, and heard (didn’t see) another (third?) fledgling being fed.
Seems like we might still have 3 fledgling!
MJF
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PCT Dippers 04.24.15

Not Lithia dippers but up in the mountains a resident pair have a nest with young beneath a wooden walk bridge over Keene Creek . This is on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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adult with food for young

adult with food for young

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