I love all the love for these birds. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by DMs on Instagram, feeling like I can't respond to each with an appropriate level of attention. (To me, that also includes checking out the account of the sender, so I have an idea who I'm speaking with.) But every message I've gotten about these bold little guys has inexplicably energized me. It's the same feeling I get when I'm at a national park and I'm momentarily stunned by the crowds. But then I think: All of these people are choosing to spend their day HERE. Outside. Like us. Each of them woke up this morning and executed a plan to turn off their TVs, to get out of their cars, to be here, now, in this glory. Families, couples, kids, friends, solo explorers.... We are gazing at trees and mountains and wildlife together. We are kindred. And I'm STOKED.