Today is the day when even common birds can be new and exciting again - if you keep a "year list" - that is! I had to hide my eyes from the house sparrows and other feeder riff-raff this morning so that my first bird of 2008 wouldn't be the same as every other year, but was happy enough to settle for this mallard as the first of the new year. The next couple birds were canvasback, hooded merganser, and bufflehead found in the little creek that runs through my hometown.
A New Year's tradition that I hadn't managed for the last few years is the annual beach walk around Sandy Hook sponsored by the American Littoral Society - a great group of people who love the coast and work to protect it - plus, they have the best cocoa after a chilly hike through the dunes! That walk added a few sea ducks and a loon to my little list already.
So... what was your first bird of the new year?
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