[Tweeters] American Dipper at Greenlake today

Teresa Michelsen teresa at avocetconsulting.com
Sun Oct 18 07:42:59 PDT 2015

I saw one for sure, possibly two birds two weeks ago just downstream of Weeks Falls on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie – still in King County but getting toward the edges. The first bird flew in not two seconds after I thought to myself “this looks like a great place for dippers!”

I’m pretty amazed by Green Lake though! There is one that has been near the old Olympia Brewery forever, but that is much more the type of habitat you would expect.

Teresa Michelsen

North Bend, WA

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Connie Sidles
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2015 4:18 AM
To: barry
Cc: tweeters message
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] American Dipper at Greenlake today

Hey tweets, I don't know about Green Lake records, but in Gene Hunn's book, "Birding in Seattle and King County," he notes that there are a few winter records for American Dippers in the lowlands of King County, and some nesting records as well:

• a few nesting below Snoqualmie Falls

• nesting birds on Tokul Creek near Fall City

• a pair with young near Kenmore in Wallace Swamp Creek Park

• a winter record in Wallace Swamp Creek just upstream from Lake Washington

• a famous one that frequented the trout hatchery outlet in Seward Park for 12 years, 1978-89.

So American Dippers can be found in out of the way places, but a Green Lake bird is still super. - Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com


On Oct 17, 2015, at 9:32 PM, barry <levineb at fastmail.fm> wrote:

Kate Tillotson and I saw an American Dipper at Greenlake this afternoon
near the softball field located directly south of the pool. The bird
flew in from near the swimming area, landed on the lake, swam for a few
seconds, then headed to the lakes edge where it proceeded to feed around
exposed rocks. Given the unusual nature of seeing this species there
would welcome any input about previous records. Maybe Martin Muller will
chime in.
Sorry for the late report but we had no access at the time to pass this
along to the group.
All the best
barry Levine
levineb at fastmail.fm

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