Dipper Note 01.18.18 part 1

Today about 9:45 I was watching the white-fringed dipper singing near the cistern below bridge 1 when the blue-banded male flew up from downstream and chased him up by the bridge. When I went there, I never saw the blue-banded bird again but the orange-banded female showed up and spent a lot of time with the white-fringed bird. When they were close together, they stopped singing. They were together in the reeds at the top of the reservoir when I left at 10:25. Linda

note: ‘white-fringed’ refers to the white edging on the covert feathers that is apparent on adult dippers when their feathers are relatively fresh . As the year progresses the feathers will wear and the white tipping is less evident. fdl


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