Dipper Note 01.05.19

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.

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