I have never in my life, ever, made a New Year’s resolution, but that has changed. It wasn’t something I was planning for a while and used the changing of the calendar as a reason to implement, but rather an impulsive, intuitive, desire brought on by the song of a bird.
There are not many birds that will sing on a cold day in the heart of winter but the Carolina wren is such a bird. Oh, I’ve heard black-capped chickadees and tufted titmice sing on bright January morns, but there was something special about this wren’s song that called to me.
Carolina wrens have been hanging out in my yard since I bought the house in 2002 and I’ve always enjoyed listening to them sing. They are, perhaps, the most melodious of winter singers. I like to think it’s because no one else is singing so they don’t have any completion for their repeated triplets.
Now a dozen years later as the year rolled over to the first day of 2014 I heard the robust, lusty song of a Carolina wren in full voice. I took it as a clarion call to get out and enjoy the world around me more.
So be it resolved that I intend to get out with Jackie and do more birding and botanizing, butterfly and dragonfly gazing. Not just get out and enjoy but to report to you my readers on what we discover and how we feel. It is my fervent desire that I maintain this blog more faithfully and to meet that end I may need your help.
If you find I’ve gone a month or more without writing a missive or two please send me an email and remind me not to let this resolution fail. I hope our paths may meet in 2014, and we can share a moment in each other’s company. If not have a happy and healthy 2014 and good birding!