>Die Wasseramsel Sind Wieder Da!

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Photo shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia. Thank you, Wikipedia.

There is a stretch of the Sill River where, in the winter, White-throated Dippers (Cinclus cinclus; in German Wasseramsel or “water blackbird”) bob along the rocks and dive right into the icy waters for food. They are hard to see — I scan the rocks for what looks like a white ping-pong ball, and then try to make out the bird behind it. They were nowhere to be seen during the summer and fall, I assume they’d flown upstream into more alpine regions to breed and raise their young. Since last week, though, they’re back in town, chattering away on the river bank, watching for aquatic critters to eat.

Yes, I am some kind of nature nerd.

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3 Responses to >Die Wasseramsel Sind Wieder Da!

  1. ellroon says:

    >Oh, fun! Thanks. I love bird watching, although most of them are still brown birds that go peep…

  2. Anonymous says:

    >Nice!Your 2 nature nerds in Carlisle saw a huge flock of snow geese today flying toward the Chesapeake Bay. A first for me. They have a strange call, nothing like Canada geese, more like yipping dogs.OT: we saw Harry Potter yesterday – I'm happy to report that the recent Times article on kids having no attention span due to technology was wildly overstated. A theatre full of teenagers and all of them completely absorbed.

  3. Marcellina says:

    >I did too!

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