Date: 5/11/18 3:14 pm From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> Subject: [COBOL] Up-River
Interesting observation on Dipper poop. While photographing a nest near the Old Mill one of the chicks extruded a poop sac like a normal chick of the species and an adult (assume Mom ;-)) came to take it away, but the nest opening is on a slope so the sac rolled out of the opening and down the slope right in front of the adult. The adult tried to catch it but it splashed into the water before she could get to it. It turned out that many of the sacs rolled into the water before they could be caught. But, the adults were determined and retrieved them and took them away to a 'secret spot' behind a rock so I was unable to see what they did with the sacs. Next trip I will get into a different sitting spot. Also at the spot were a pair of Wilson's Warblers, a few Robins, an Anna's Hummingbird male and a Black-headed Grosbeak.