This wet Saturday morning I made my way to the upper end of the park to check for dippers. After checking Bridge 3 and the area down to Bridge 5, I walked up to the Granite St. Reservoir. Just above the reservoir two dippers flew past, one calling in chase mode.
I walked further up the creek and found an unbanded dipper in a pool in the creek below the road to Reeder Dam. The banded male from Bridge 3 was in the next pool above the unbanded bird. Both were actively feeding.
There was an ebird report of a dipper sighting in the park on 08.19.16. From the description it was the female from Bridge 3. Anybody in the park up in that area please keep a lookout and give us a report.
Breeding season wrap-up:
Checked Bridge 3 nest boxes and found no evidence that the Bridge3 pair had a second brood. The nest box had a clean nest inside. No fecal material,eggshells,etc.
No dippers seen. The Bridge 3 pair had only one brood this year which successfully fledged .Their second attempt failed for unknown reasons.
Checked Hersey St. nest and it looked used . The Hersey St. pair had two broods that successfully fledged.
Dippers from elsewhere:
Fellow Dipper fans,
I’d like to report a sighting of a Dipper on Crater Lake at the base of Chaski Falls, a seasonal, snow fed falls that comes down the caldera wall. There have been multiple sightings, a strange location as it is a very short, shallow, steep falls that originates from a scree slope.