Thursday, January 1, 2015


Well, we didn't party very hard, unless you consider making some pastries and watching some Barcelona World Race coverage "partying hard." We did that.

We might not be very good at watching the ball drop but we are much better at watching birds. The eBird checklists reset at the beginning of each year, so this is the one day of the year that seeing a pigeon is just as exciting as seeing a bald eagle.

We started the year off right with a 6:30am wake up call. Into the car went a picnic basket filled with smoked salmon, crackers, cheese, pastries and caramels, a thermos full of hot cider and our binoculars. Last year, we set a goal of 20 species on Jan. 1 and this year, we didn't come home until we had reached the same number. The wind was terrible, but the sun shone brilliantly.

No pheasant or horned lark for us on this outing, but you can't see them all on the first day of the year, right?

Happy New Year! I resolve to make no resolutions and not suffer any disappointment by not fulfilling them! May the coming year be filled to overflowing with goodness for us all.


  1. happy new year! Love that you are up early and watching for the birds :)

  2. So beautiful! A bald eagle is a rare treat in our neck of the woods. Love the resolution philosophy. Why not just keep making each day better than the one before? Happy New Year!