The crowd went wild at the bird's appearance on Sanders' podium, leaping from their seats to cheer

By Adam Carlson
Updated March 26, 2016 09:20 AM

Apparently the only thing more popular than Sen. Bernie Sanders at a Bernie Sanders rally is a little bird at a Bernie Sanders rally.

That was the case anyway during a Sanders’ Friday campaign event in Portland, Oregon, when a bird landed first on the stage and then on Sanders’ podium, right next to his microphone.

The crowd went wild, leaping from their seats to cheer.

[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ](As The Oregonian noted, the sketch series Portlandia, set in the city, had made a gag out of the phrase, “Put a bird on it!”)

Sanders, 74, deviated from his stump speech as he eyed the tiny bird, who stood next to him for a few moments before flying away.

“I think there may be some symbolism here,” Sanders said. “I know it doesn’t look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace. No more wars!”