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Posted by: atowhee | April 18, 2018

BAKER CREEK ROAD: DIPPER UPDATE, BLUEBIRD

Vultures and Violet-green Swallows high overhead this afternoon.  A Western Bluebird about a mile west of Huber County Park, then just uphill on a dirt lane that serves several private farms.  Bluebirds are scarce here in Yamhill County because there is so much intensive agriculture and the chemicals that go with it. However, the narrow valley along Baker Creek doesn’t afford much real farmland, a few pastures and vineyards.  This bird was in an area where is a small pond, grassy fields not is use and a small garden–no rows of hazelnuts or acres of fescue.

This is Day #10 since I located the Baker Creek dipper nest…adults still ferrying food, but at least one of the three (known) nestlings was hanging out the nest hole today (images below)…perhaps fledging  is impending soon.  The young can stay in the nest as long as 24 days but they were not newborn when I found the nest, so I guess they are more than two weeks old, meaning they will fledge before May.

Today the creek was still over the mid-stream rocks but it had cleared, making it much easier for the visual hunters, the dippers.CREEKHere you see the bird’s white eyelid  I caught him mid-blink.DIPP ON ROKDIPP WETTDIPP WITH FOODRapid food delivery to nestlings:FEEDING TIMENESTLING2Nestling at the doorway…getting ready to leave nest?NSTLINGRed-breasted Sapsucker:RBS ON WEDTV ON BLUE

Baker Creek Road, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Apr 18, 2018 4:45 PM – 5:25 PM. 14 species

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  7
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  1
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)  1
Steller’s Jay (Coastal) (Cyanocitta stelleri [stelleri Group])  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  3
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  30
American Dipper  2
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus Group])  2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  X

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