Bob Quaccia will lead the 17th Annual Ashland Dipper Count on Saturday,
January 2. Participants will meet at the Ashland Plaza at 9:00 a.m., and
the count will take approximately three hours as the group slowly works
its way up through Lithia Park.
For additional information, contact Bob at bquaccia AT hotmail.com
Peter and I saw an unbanded dipper with a little yellow on its bill foraging between bridges 1 and 2.
photo by Peter Kreisman
Bob reports seeing two dippers on Friday, Oct. 30: “I saw 2 Dippers on Friday, Oct. 30th. One was banded, all I could see was 2 light colored bands on one leg and red on the other. It was foraging above, then below bridge 1. I went up further above the swimming reservoir and when I came back downstream I saw a bird by the concrete reservoir and another fly by it and what looked like a chase downstream. Shortly after one returned back upstream and kept going.”
Note: The banded bird would be the male from Main St./ Bluebird Park nest. That bird was banded June 2014 and has fathered 3 broods over the past 2 seasons. fdl
This paper about the dam removal on the Elwha River might interest some dipper lovers.
Peter and Linda report that both nestlings at Main St. bridge have now fledged and were being fed by the female.
feeding adult female
photos by Peter Kreisman
Peter and I saw one fledgling out of the nest at Main st this morning and one still in the nest. We also saw an adult(female) but did not observe any feeding in about 20 minutes. One quick trip up to the nest. Lots of standing around preening.
Today around noon I visited the Main St. Bridge nest box to see if the nestlings had fledged yet.
There was an adult under the bridge and in the box there appeared to be 1 nestling in the back of the box on top of the moss dome. I could not see the second nestling. I did see one feeding at the nest in ten minutes I was there. They may fledge within the next week.
Here is a photo taken with my phone where one can see a bird on the left side in the rear of the box.fdl