Dan Tallman’s Chook Weblog: American Dipper


I believe dippers are discovered all 12 months alongside Tumwater Falls close to Olympia. We test the falls and rapids about as soon as a month, however seeing these fowl is troublesome. We solely discover them on about two-thirds of our searches. This picture is our first for 2022, having missed them in December. This photograph was taken on 8 February 2022.

American Dippers are great, robin-sized birds that feed in and round tumbling mountain streams. Usually they feed beneath the water, however often they work the stream edges and rocks. Their feathers are remarkably waterproof. We’re a bit perplexed by the white edged wing feathers, often an indication of an immature fowl. Maybe, then, this particular person is a second-year fowl, since breeding in Washington doesn’t begin earlier than March.


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