Dipper Note 04.03.15

A group of us  met this morning at Bluebird Park to check on the dipper nesting progress.

Both adults were present at Main St. under the bridge with the banded male being seen feeding upstream of the bridge and nest. He was joined by the female who left the nest to feed. They are still incubating and hatching is anticipated in the next few days.

We proceeded up to Bridge 3 where when we arrived we observed the dark bird below the nest.

Soon it flew downstream and returned in a couple of minutes with food. We could now hear young begging from the nest when it arrived on the rock below the nest right before it flew up. We watched another couple of feedings then saw the light bird emerge from the nest and fly downstream. It too returned with food and flew up to the nest but stayed for awhile while the dark bird fed a couple of more times. Then the light bird emerged and both birds flew downstream and came back with food. We did see the light bird fly upstream near the end of our time. The chicks are now  approximately 5 -6 days old.

We headed up to the Granite St. reservoir area and saw no dippers. It was speculated by the group that recent sightings in that area may have been one or both of the Bridge 3 birds. As there is no apparent pair in the area the Bridge 3 birds upper territorial boundary may be much more fluid.

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