Oldest American Dipper
Updated December 4, 2011
The Old American Dipper in Spearfish Canyon is
four months older, now a
Today I relocated the American Dipper that was
banded April 19, 2005. She is now 7 years 3 months by the Bird Banding Lab
criteria, and has broke the old longevity record of 7 years 2 months.
There were two juvenile dippers with her that I suppose are her offspring from this summer. Here's some photos of one of them foraging about 15 ft. from me. I had to use flash as I was under a bridge. The dipper showed no response whatsoever to the flash.
Previous Report July 13, 2011
I banded this female dipper on April 19, 2005. She was an adult when banded. She has nested at the same location every year since and was last seen on July 13 of this year. At this point, she is close to the longevity record of American Dipper, which is 7 years 2 months. (The Bird Banding Lab assumes a June hatching date for all species banded as adults. June is therefore assumed to be month 00 with July month 01, August 02, etc.) If she can hang in there for a while longer she will break the current longevity record. If anyone is interested in helping to monitor this dipper, let me know and I'll give you the location. There may be other color banded dippers still alive on Spearfish and Whitewood creeks, I banded over 50 from 2002-2005. I'd appreciate hearing about any banded Black Hills dipper that might be sighted.
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