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Posted by: atowhee | April 9, 2018

DINNER TIME AT DIPPER BRIDGE

Click here for update, pictures from noon, April 10, as adults hunt for food for young.

Click here for mid-afternoon visit pictures from April 10–adult hangs on nest.

APRIL 9: The Dippers are raising at least two young in their nest underneath a bridge over Baker Creek northwest of McMinnville.  The elevation there must be below 1000′ elevation. To see the nest you have to be at northeast corner of the bridge, down at water level.  The nest is across the creek, on a ledge under the southeast corner of the bridge, near 20180 Baker Creek Road.  Don’t wade across to disturb the nest.

About 5PM this evening I sat down on a wet, mossy rock to try for some images in the twilight beneath the bridge.D-NEST1D-NEST6D-NEST7Here you see the gray blur that is the adult bird coming and going.  They spend less than two seconds at the nest each pass.  The nestlings respond with a high-pitched squeak similar to worn brakes on a car.D-FEED1D-FEED3D-FEED4D-FEED5Some observations:  the adult(s) were hunting downstream from the bridge.  I had about fifty yards warning as they flew upstream toward the nest.  They were so quick I barely had time to start shooting before the adult had come and gone.  It is good thing the young have those bright yellow gapes encircling the open mouths…otherwise the parents wouldn’t know where to poke the food.

The creek was running high and fairly opaque after our recent rains.  Sometimes it was a few minutes between food deliveries.  Hunting in the stream had to be difficult.BAKER CREEK1D-CRK1D-CRK2D-CRK3D-CRK4D-CRK5Downstream from dipper bridge in Ed Grenfell Park was this toxic California  rough-skinned newt in a quiet pool with several of his kind.  Don’t touch:CAL-NEWT

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 9, 2018. 7 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)  3     nestlings being fed
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X

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  1. […] Click here for yesterday’s images of nestlings getting fed and those wide, yellow gapes. […]


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