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I suppose it's that time of year again. To look both backward and forward; to make resolutions and promises and open your eyes wide to the wonder of what will come next. This morning, the white world was whiter: covered in thick hoarfrost, fat and full and frozen. Chickadees flock to the frozen feeder, grabbing seed and flinging themselves to the top of the bird cherry. From the bedroom window I could see a bird with a very red body and strained to make out what it was; there are no cardinals here and the red-breasted robins aren't that red. Martin saw it too, but neither of us could get a clear glimpse to be sure. It didn't have the body or movements of a woodpecker, and I can't think of anything else with that much, that bright red, so stumped we'll stay, I guess.

Happy New Year!

I have no real resolutions; I know this game is too tenuous to bother putting into words. My promise to myself stands; that's what matters. For the rest, I shall look both behind and before me, ready for wonder whenever it comes.























EDITED TO ADD: I finally got the last post from our Italy trip up if anyone is still interested :) Perfect Pisa
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mood: calm
music: Rabbit!—Fall Into Love


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(Anonymous)

Beautiful photos- I love seeing hoarfrost! As for the bird- Sarah says "Scarlet Tanager blown off-course or escaped parrot or Macaw". I agree about the off-course idea, many animals, birds and insects are lately confused during migration or storms. Check out the birds of Britain too. Love, Lizardmom

I suppose it COULD have been a Scarlet Tanager as Wikipedia says they are a VERY rare vagrant to Western Europe, but they are primarily found in the Americas. Damned if I know what else it could have been though. I found a website that identifies European birds based on various criteria but none of the birds that had "red" in their description looked like what we saw. And it wasn't a woodpecker or parroty type bird: wrong body shape & size.

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