Date: 7/11/20 3:45 pm From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Gatos American Dippers this AM
With things opening up, so to speak, today I led my first bird walk since March. I limited the group to 10, with masks required and no carpooling or sharing of optics. Our goal was to go find the Los Gatos Creek American Dippers. We entered the Los Gatos Creek Trail from the Main Street Bridge in Los Gatos. We stayed on the highway 17 side of the "Los Gatos Creek Trail". We shared the trail with many folks taking advantage of a morning outside. For those not familiar with this trail, as you walk toward Lexington Reservoir you soon come to the section of the creek with the man-made cement sides. It was here we found the first of two AMERICAN DIPPERS. It was 8:35 AM. This bird was a juvenile with almost no tail, light feather edges and a yellowish bill. It also looked as if there was some fuzzy feather down showing in a few spots. It was busy hunting for food and dipping in and out of the water. We saw it fly a few times.
As we continued up the trail we found a second dipper in the area where the cement ends and the creek starts to look almost natural and takes a bend to the left. This section was shaded and had green vegetation growing out from the center of the creek. One exposed rock within the creek provided a great location for the dipper to stand. The bird flew before we got close enough to note weather it was an adult or not. We do believe these were two different individuals.
When we turned around and headed back toward the Main St. bridge we re-found the juvenile sunning itself along the cement edge. When we left around 9:30 AM it was still there.
This was a life bird for several on the walk, and a new county bird for those who did not know we had dippers here on the valley floor.
We also observed a family of BLACK PHOEBES as we watched an adult feeding three yellow gaped baby fledglings.
Lisa Myers Let's Go Birding/Los Gatos Birdwatcher
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