Cute Husband spoke at the Lewis and Clark College's 49th Annual International Affairs Symposium last week in Portland Oregon (Cute Husband is a genius!) and let me tag along for some west coast birding, coffee, Pinot noir and rain...
Gray, cloudy... pretty typical Portland Oregon spring weather.
But, it was still gorgeous as we spent a day heading East toward the coast.
Bowerbirds. Dippers are plain Jane solid gray birds with a slightly brown head. Nothing particularly pleasing to gaze upon, although they do have white upper eyelids.
That said, American Dippers forage in the coolest way! They jump or dive into frigid water and catch most of their food under water! They walk, heads submerged, holding their little breaths, along river bottoms, moving rocks to find prey underneath.
If I hadn't been so excited to see this guy, I would have taken a video to share, but check out his technique here.
Terrific cool, huh?
We also spent a day driving down the Columbia River Gorge. See some blue in the sky?
The sun made a brief appearance, blinding us with its un-realness....
We were in search of the Multnomah Falls. The tallest falls in Oregon!
But, BirdCouple loves a little birding danger to reflect upon later as we enjoy a sampling of excellent Oregon Pinot noir.