- I stopped by this morning (Friday) and watched several feeding cycles
at the Ousel (American Dipper to be OC) nest George found on the old
Potter Valley bridge. The parent would work the rapids downstream
from the bridge, come back low with a wet bug which he or she washed
again before approaching the verge of the nest. There it was met by
two or three yellowish maws with the exchange taking only seconds;
this was followed by several minutes of preening on a rock in the
Interestingly, I saw a Robin about a mile upstream following a very
similar pattern; the Dipper looked pretty dapper, but the Robin was
wet and disheveled.
Hopefully both these guys and others will survive the opening of
trout season tomorrow; I have seen over 50 vehicles along this
stretch of river on past opening days.