Peter and Linda visited both Bridge 3 and Main St. yesterday June 6. They report a single dipper standing for a half hour under Main St. At Bridge 3 the male was seen carrying something green up to the nest.
This afternoon I visited Bridge 3 and saw the male standing under the bridge quietly the whole time.
It is still possible the females are incubating their second clutch. Creek levels are low.
Main Street bridge: Nothing for 25 minutes, then an adult flew out of the nest box and upstream. 5 minutes later an adult flew to the nest box from upstream. Nest seems to be active.
Bridge 3: spent 15 minutes. Nothing at first, then a bird flew upstream out of the nest box closest to the parking lot side of the bridge. A few minutes later an unbanded adult flew to the nest and the blue-banded adult flew in and stood guard until I left. Photo attached. Nest is active.
Bridge 1 and fairy pond area: no dippers seen or heard.
So thankfully Bridge 3 birds are alive and well. As with the Main St. birds the pair decided to renovate the first nest box.
Stopped by Bridge 3 today. No sign of any dippers. Creek level low. Peeked under bridge and the second box where the pair were apparently were building their second nest held an incomplete moss dome. Likely no second brood, possible predation of one of the adults.
Checked Bridge 1 area and no dippers seen or heard.
Went down to Main St. and saw one adult fly up to the nest box from Bluebird Park vantage. I thought I heard young. Crossed Main and went down for a better view of the box and saw one adult leave the nest box. Did not return in the time I was there.
Definitely need some more observations from along the creek.
Local photographer and birder Jesse Hodges posted some nice video and photos of the Bridge 3 dippers here:
Two Loon Photography
The pairs at Bridge 3 and Main St. are busy finishing their second nest and feeding the recent fledglings. There is not currently a verified number of how many birds fledged from each nest. so far I can only confirm two from each. Any reports are appreciated.