Posted by: atowhee | February 28, 2015


Our Ashland Park & Rec birding field trip happened to arrive at the Lithia Park Dipper nest site at exactly the right time this morning.  Both of the mated Dippers were present, and hunting.  Not for food but for nesting material.  We watched one check out a leaf, dampen it and then lose it into the current.  Not sure if that was a reject or an accident.  We also witnessed plenty of stick carrying to the nest beneath the bridge.DPR WHIRL (1280x960) DPR-CARRY (1280x960) DPR-CARRY2 (1280x960) dpr-cvarry3 (1280x960) DPR-FOOD1 (1280x960) DPR-NST1 (1280x960) DPR-NST2 (1280x960) DPR-NST3 (1280x960) DPR-NST4 (1280x960) DPR-NST5 (1280x960) DPR-NST6 (1280x960) DPR-NST7 (1280x960) DPR-NST8 DPR-NST9 (1280x960) DPR-NST10 (1280x960)Below the nictitating membrane flashes white in front of the Dipper’s eye. nictitatingFollowing the Dipper along crashing, foaming Ashland Creek I can only admire perseverance in the face of peril, temerity trumping timidity, adaptation out-stripping adversity, survival in contradiction to human understanding.dpr1 (1280x960) dpr2 (1280x960) DPR4 (1280x960) DPR5 (1280x960) DPR6 (1280x960) DPR7 (1280x960) DPR8 (1280x960) DPR9 (1280x960)P2340189 (1280x960)Do I credit license plate kharma coming down?


Our Mountain Bird Festival here in Ashland has walks designed to get birders a look at Dippers.  You can click here for information on signing up.MTBF COLOR LOGOMoney from Festival goes to support Klamath Bird Observatory, the only NGO doing bird science in southern Oregon and northern California.


  1. Which Bridge?

  2. Which bridge for dippers?

  3. Reblogged this on lithiadipperwatch.

  4. One is probably the bird I heard singing while there walking up through park on Sat. Jan. 31. They have such a cool song!


  6. […] Click here for link to previous blog on the nest-building pair here in Ashland. in 2013 there were three known nests along Ashland Creek in central Ashland.  Just for the record there are Euro-Dippers along the river flowing through Baden-Baden, Germany. […]

  7. […] Click here for gallery of photos of nest-building Dippers at Bridge #3 during Saturday’s encou… […]

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