Adventures with Lisa, Frank & Daisy Dewdrop

Die Dippers
September 1, 2006, 3:58 pm
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A summer treat this year has been the upbringing of two young die dippers in our yard.

No, I don’t know their scientific name. The locals call them die dippers.

We’ve had adults around since we moved in, so I assume they are some kind of water fowl. To me, from a distance, they look like small herons with shorter legs.

But I’d never really seen them up close until now.

The two youngun’s, I discovered, were living in the pine boughs by my sun bed. In the mornings, they would perch on the hay trailer that Frank was working on in the yard to sun themselves.

As I snuck closer, I realized they couldn’t fly yet, and they ran into the tall grass.

Within a week they were flying from the branches of the pine to the nearby maple, then were hopping onto the old diving tower before venturing test flights across the lake.

They’re awkward creatures really, especially at that age. But even mature, their long necks, when streched out, never look even close to the graceful neck of the heron or the goose.

They always look as if they might tip forward on their face.

And while young, they sometimes do.


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