2:30 p.m. 12 degrees F. It’s a cold, clear, sunny New Year’s Day. Bob and I decided to take a walk in the woods this afternoon even though we knew we would get cold. We started by going as far as the Retreat and decided we could probably manage a short loop. So we went up over the knob behind the Retreat — Mt. Kari Jo? — and then on up to the top of Lawrence Lane. We had seen lots of TURKEY and SQUIRREL TRACKS and added DEER and FISHER as we got a bit higher. We also heard NUTHATCHES near the top of Lawrence Lane. Other birds on our list for the day included a BLUE JAY’S FEATHER PRINTS where it landed in the snow and CHICKADEES calling from near the Museum. I was good and cold by the time I got home. The thermometer read 10 degrees F., but it felt colder. Even though I got cold, I’m glad we went. After dark I stepped outdoors and saw the MOON again — a slightly bigger crescent with a bright planet below it and to the right. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says the planet is Venus.

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