[Tweeters] Species of the week: American Crow and American Dipper

Rob Conway robin_birder at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 16 19:07:32 PST 2006

American Crow:  When I first moved to the Seattle area in 1988 I regularly 
went to the Pike Place Market early on Saturday mornings.  One day in late 
August I got my produce, some flowers, and a couple of donuts and sat down 
at the north end of the market to rest and have a snack.  Very few people 
were around and as I sat there I kept hearing this weird voice say "That's 
bullsh*t".  I looked around and looked around and finally saw that what from 
the voice print I suspected was some poor alcoholic sprawled under the 
bushes was actually a crow jumping around the small patch of grass.  I gave 
him a piece of donut for the performance.  I always listened for that bird 
again but this was the only time I ever encountered him.

American Dipper:  Ouzel's are fairly common on medium sized creeks in the 
Sierra Foothills in the wintertime.  Always fun to watch them bobbing up and 
down and disappearing under the water.  When I first pointed these birds out 
to my baby sister (16 years my junior) not understanding the name she 
instead dubbed them "scuba" birds (my dad was a diver) and she calls them 
that to this day.

Rob Conway
Newcastle, WA

robin_birder at hotmail.com

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