That same afternoon where I listend to Daniel’s fabulous cello music in Lithia Park, I had another unexpected encounter along one of the walking paths. Strolling south along Ashland Creek, I crossed the creek on one of the wooden bridges. Just past the pavillion I stepped a little closer toward the edge of the creek. I scanned over some rocks near the creek bank, when I noticed a tiny bird bobbing up and down between the water and rocks. The rhythmic movement reminded me of the Energizer bunny. Carefully I moved a little closer to get a better look at this little grey bird.
I wasn’t 100% sure what I was looking at and thought that my friend Sandi would have surely identified it right on the spot! Later I googled it and realized that I had been very lucky to spot this bird right there in town. American dippers usually live along fast-flowing, cold mountain streams at higher elevations. They bob up and down on rocks and swim underwater in strong currents by using their wings. They feed mostly on aquatic insects caught in and out of the water.
The American Dipper weighs about 1 1/2 ounces and measures around 6 1/2 inches.
Dippers have an extra eyelid to help it see underwater and scales to close their nostrils!
How about that!!
This was my first time spotting an American Dipper!
And I think the very best part of it was that it happened in Ashland!
It really is one of my very favorite places on the planet!