One of the great things about January 1 is that all the birds you see on this day are new birds for the Year List! I think I will venture into the cold and see how many I can come up with.
I'm still waiting this morning for my tailless Song Sparrow to drop by - he/she has been a daily regular. I wonder if this is a late molt, or the result of a "close encounter."
Purple Finches are not expected in my neighborhood in mid-winter, but occasionally come by. They are often missed on the CBC; I presume they normally winter further south. Since I have seen 3 males and 3 females at different times, I presume there are at least 6 around.
White-throated Sparrow is also a winter rarity in my yard, but tan-striped morph has been a regular.