Normally this little and rare (several hundred pairs in the entire Murmansk Region) birdie lives in a rather dispersed fashion, with one to three pairs per 10km of stream. But today we have been observing at least five individuals at once, diving into bubbling water to get their bugs and worms and what not.
Location: [deleted on the request of Alexandra, who expressed concerns this post may attract crowds of bird watchers who would disturb the dipper… I’ll just say it is along the road from Kandalaksha to Varzuga, along the south edge of the Kola Peninsula. Details will be provided if you write to firstname.lastname@example.org assuring Alexandra that you are a responsible birder].
Last time I saw this little fellow was in the middle of the winter a year or two ago, at -15C, when it kept on diving as if it was summertime. Just looking at it gave me shivers.
Also see Bird watching.