American Dipper
Tracks and Sign

(AKA Water Ouzel)
 

 

American Dippers

dipper tracks in sand
I watched the bird who left these tracks behind. Dippers do come to shore. They forage in the water, or on the banks, and even on objects in the water. They can go under the water too!
 
dipper scat
A freshly deposited dipper scat. I saw the bird drop this scat and went over to take the photo. This scat is only moments old. It was deposited right on the edge of the river, so it eventually washed away due to wind and wave action. The white material is uric acid. 
 
dipper on a rock
A dipper on the edge of the Eel River in Humboldt County, California.
 
dipper on a rock
A dipper in the middle of the Eel River. As you can tell by this, and all the other photos below, I really love watching these birds. They hunt in the water and are just fascinating to watch.
 
dipper in the water
A dipper deep in the river's waters.
 
 
dipper in the water
A dipper hunting at a small riffle
 
dipper in the water
A dipper with its head completely under the water. They can completely submerge and hunt underwater too.
 
dipper in the water
A dipper halfway under the river water.
 
dipper in the water
Dipper hunting in shallow water.
 
dipper on log
A dipper peering intently into the water, looking for food.
 
dipper on log
A young dipper on the rocks.
 
dipper in river
Dipper hunting a riffle
 
dipper in river
A dipper mid-river.
 
dipper in river
A dipper on a wet rock, with the exuviae of an invertebrate at its feet.
 
dipper Eel River
Dipper taking a rest break.
 
dipper Eel River
Break time on a rock.
 
dipper with fish
A dipper with prey it caught. I think this is a small fish, but it could also be a tadpole.
 
dipper with fish
A dipper with prey.
 
eel river dipper
A young dipper.
 
eel river dipper
The dipper is also called the water ouzel, after their habit of hunting under the water.
 
pretty dipper
Young dipper is the shade.
 
dipper on rock in river
A dipper hunting mid-river.
 
dipper on rock in river
A dipper calling from a perch on a rock.
 
dipper on rock in river
Dipper taking flight.
 

 

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