A new life bird for me! We spotted this guy up at June Lake in the Mt. St. Helens national monument. Dippers are adorable; I didn’t get any good photos of this one because it was in the middle of the lake, but the water does make for some attractive shots…even if the bird is blurry haha.
Looking suitably chub (All About Birds describes this bird as “chunky” (rude), also North America’s only truly “aquatic” songbird. getting loose with language there, AAB)
They look pretty thrushlike but they’re actually in their own family, Cinclidae
Cute! What a beautiful creature*
*I kind of love the way the Irish pronounce this word, like “cray-ture” so that’s how I pronounce it in my head now