Date: 3/18/17 6:21 pm
From: Linda Fink <linda...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Dipper question
Interesting, Harry! And it sparked a memory that on one of our Upper
Nestucca counts, one group saw a Dipper swim across a lake (pond?
details escape me...)

On 3/18/2017 1:58 PM, Harry Fuller wrote:
> I don't have enough sighting info on Baker Creek Dippers to aver an
> opinion except they don't seem to come as far downstream as Grenfell
> Park and they become hard to find when the creek is high and muddy and
> so must find higher or smaller side streams...I do know that on Ashland
> Creek they move upstream during floods and are known to fish the edge of
> swimming reservoir (minimal current) in upper Lithia Park...along the
> Rogue River they hunt the edges in most season as that river is often
> too deep to have exposed rocks. In the Cascades they will hunt lake
> edges as well as streams but don't seem to wander too far from their
> usual territories...and for romantics I can only recommend John Muir's
> essay on the water ouzel
> http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/the_mountains_of_california/chapter_13.aspx
>
>
> On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM, Linda Fink <linda...>
> <mailto:<linda...>> wrote:
>
> It may be different on different waterways but on the 6 miles of
> Agency Creek (Yamhill county) that I have surveyed since 2011, the
> Dippers (7 pairs in that 6 mile stretch) are usually somewhere in
> the vicinity of their territories on that stream. When the water is
> high and muddy, I sometimes find one across the road in a swampy
> ditch. Even when I can't find them during high water times, as soon
> as the water goes down a bit (which it does quickly on this
> particular stream), they are back where they belong.
>
> On our Nestucca CBC, Don Albright was surprised to find them, one
> high-water year, in their usual bridge areas on the turbulent
> Nestucca River. This year I think our west-side surveyor find one in
> a ditch.
>
> I don't know where the Dipper I saw feeding on a gravel bar in the
> middle of the North Santiam River by Lyons goes when the water is as
> high as it is now. But my guess is it moves to a smaller stream that
> flows in somewhere nearby. But that's just a guess.
>
> Perhaps the Ashland Dipper surveyors have more definitive information?
>
> Linda, near Grand Ronde Agency, SW Yamhill County
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