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Haggis Hunter
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Yep, It's another bird?? Reply with quote

Near the end of my Carlops to Saughton walk today I spotted two wee birds on the WoL.
They were small but plump, completely black with a bright white breast. They where obviously hunting as they where swooping in and out of the water, and perching on rocks.

There is a picture here, the bird is sat on the rock I the middle of the picture.

So as usual what is it?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are Dippers, they walk under the oncoming flow of water picking off acquatic insects.

A good guide to a healthy stream.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dippers active on the WOL would always be good news: they can only make a living if the water is clean and able to support a good population of the aquatic invertebrates which is their main food source. They also seem to prefer spots where the river is shallow (ish) and fast-flowing.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will put this down to a good sighting, and report it to the conservation trust. It was indeed a shallow fast flowing part of the river that I seen them on.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pleased that I reported it, as there are a few Dipper territories along the river, but they don't know exactly where. So getting a sighting of a pair is good.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done HH, its not often that you can be one ahead of the "experts"!
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