[Tweeters] American Dipper at Martha Washington Park, So Seattle.

C Al squeakyfiddle at aol.com
Mon Feb 11 18:06:12 PST 2013

I was surprised and delighted this afternoon to find an American Dipper
working the shoreline at Martha Washington Park.

It was standing on a rock just a bit away from the water's edge at the
north end of the park when I first arrived at the shoreline. I watched
and followed as it dipped, preened, swam, dove, blinked, came up with
more than a couple of tiny fish, chugged them down, leapt from rock to
rock, flew a bit and then did it all over again - all the time moving
steadily south along the shoreline.

There are adequate pictures at: http://imageshack.us/g/1/10010905/

The brush and trees at the south end of the park's shoreline were
teeming with birds and I kind of got distracted for about 15 minutes.
Afterwards I was unable to relocate the dipper. It's possible that it
just kept moving south and out of the park boundary. It's also possible
that it stopped to rest/shelter in one of the brushy areas that are
hidden from sight when viewed from the proper paths.

I am of an age where I remember when a Dipper was in residence at the
now defunct fish hatchery in Seward Park, 20 years ago perhaps? Since
then I've not seen a one in all of my weekly wanderings along Lake
Washington's south-western shoreline. This was such a treat, especially
since I'm not confident that this bird will stay - Martha Washington
Park is heavily used year round, especially the beach area.

Catherine Alexander
Lakewood neighborhood
South Seattle

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