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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Dipper Note 06.22.18

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.

 

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Dipper Note 06.19.18

Peter notes:

…an hour at Bridge 3 and saw both the male and female make several trips to the nest with food. The male removed a fecal sack on one visit.

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Dipper Note 06.17.18

Linda writes that both adults were actively feeding at the nest.

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Dipper Note 06.14.18

Peter reports:IMG_0056 bridge 3 feeding 6-14-2018

In ten minutes at Main Street nest, saw nothing.

In 20 minutes at bridge 3, saw male make 7 trips to the nest with food, heard singing from nest.

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