After a dearth of dipper sightings the last few weeks a flurry of activity has been observed.
Peter and Linda report a bird with food going to the Bridge 1 nest box on April 18. They also reported two birds seen near Main St .Bridge and Hersey St.
Bob reports seeing two birds at Main St. on April 20 and a single bird higher up in the park perhaps one of the Bridge 1 birds.
photo by Peter:
This afternoon I walked the creek from the park offices on Pioneer to above the Granite St. reservoir. I found a pair just upstream from Bridge 2. A few short singing bouts were heard but mostly they were foraging close together.
On my way back I found presumably the same pair just downstream from Bridge 3. They are likely the same pair seen in this area earlier in January. They were foraging and a few ‘rattle’ contact calls were heard.
Yesterday, 01.09, I saw and heard two dippers in Bear Creek. One was in the vicinity of Ashland Pond and the other was another half mile downstream. The downstream bird flew upstream and sang while I was in the area.
The annual Lithia Dipper Walk led by Bob Q. was held with 14 participants. Two American Dippers were found near the park offices and they moved up stream as the walk progressed. Early courtship behavior was observed. Thanks to Bob and Dorsey for sharing the results.
Later in the early afternoon I headed up to the park and found the two American Dippers just below Bridge 3. They did engage in some courtship behavior. The likely female fluttered her wings and the likely male did some head raising and neck extending while fanning his tail singing quietly. Both birds appeared to have some light color at the base of their mandibles suggesting young after hatch year birds (born spring 2018). But they are adults quite capable of breeding this spring.
Peter and Linda report that the Bridge 3 nestlings have fledged. They watched the adult male feed one of the fledglings near the nest a few times in a 45 minute period. There were no nest visits and no sounds from the nest. The other adult was not observed. They did see the adult male fly upstream during that time possibly to feed another fledgling.