|A Northern Parula along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh|
|A Northern Parula studies a flock of adoring fans...|
|...this Northern Parula took his time looking back and forth at a steadily growing group of people marveling at his beautiful colors and proximity. What can you say? It's the Biggest Week and there's magic in the swamp.|
|...eventually he tired of us, turned the other way, and flew off to nab an insect.|
The Biggest Week = A Giant Love-fest of Birdy Birds and Birdy People
...which is why I love going to the Biggest Week. I see incredible close-up views of birds I don't see very often, and I get to do it surrounded by people who love birds as much as I do. There is something special about waking up and heading out to the boardwalk where you are among hundreds of people who all love birds. It's great. Wherever you turn, you meet a person willing to help you ID a bird, or point one out...or a person just as excited as you to talk about their finds and what they saw further up or down the boardwalk (in other words, you get no blank looks or glassy-eyed stares when you start talking about birds, their nests, migration, ________, etc.). If you're going, let me know. I'll find you on the boardwalk!
Mark your calendars...the dates for the 2016 Biggest Week are set: