Date: 5/14/18 6:36 pm From: Kevin Smith <kevinsmithnaturephotos...> Subject: [COBOL] Dipper Poop
In watching the Dipper nest I have seen the female (assumption: as the female seems to be the only member of a family who cleans the toilet) spend time removing fecal sacs from the nestlings. In this case if the chicks extruded sacs and they weren't removed immediately they tumbled down into the water, OR got 'mushed' into the rock below the nest. Yesterday the 'female' spent time picking at bits of previous sacs spread out on the rock below the nest and carefully carrying each piece out to a rock some ten feet from the nest and depositing them into the river to be washed away. Kids!! Lots of work :-(.