Happy New Year!
In Today's News:

Off to a Snowy Start ...

Snowstorm driveway 1

"Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, arrives the snow ... "
What a snowstorm has descended upon the northeast! We're expecting a foot or so over the next 24 hours ... and it's already piling up! As much as I loathed the idea of shopping on New Year's Day, I did get over to the supermarket yesterday to pick up a few things before the storm hit - milk, bread, beef, coffee - essential stuff! Now we can just sit tight and watch it come down ...
Well, I hope your New Year is off to a good start! Have you spied any birds yet? A friend of mine whose son is an avid birder told me about this neat New Year's tradition - the first bird you see on New Year's Day is "your" bird for the year. For good luck and whatnot I presume. Well my bird for 2014 is the Tufted Titmouse, a rather common songbird in these parts, but a lively little spirit, quite fun to watch at the feeders.
Tufted titmouse 2
 I took the photo above many years ago in our old house and just for fun, here's a cheery painted titmouse on one of Christmas dinner plates:
Tufted titmouse plate
I think it would be neat to "adopt" a family bird to "study" throughout the year, don't you?  What a fun project this could be! It could include seasonal observation, research, photography, sketching, literature/legends, conservation status ... you could choose the first bird you see this year (if you didn't see one yesterday, start looking now!) or take a family vote and decide which bird you'd like to "befriend" this year.
If you have a moment, let me know in the comments if you've seen a bird yet this year (and what kind) ... and I'd love to hear about any New Year's traditions or activities you enjoy. I think this is such a fun time of year!
Blessings on your day, my friends ... see you here again sometime soon!