It's cold here in Michigan, thank heavens, and there's some snow on the ground. This time of year I turn not just to the seed catalogs and my garden notes from last year (yes, I'm a geek), but to the bird feeders I've got around the yard. I try to pay attention all year long to the birds as they come and go, as I know that they are integral to the health of my garden as well as the little universe here I call home.
I just took a great little audio quiz at the good 'n planty blog by Abby Poulette, the Assistant Web Editor for Organic Gardening.com. I stumbled on her blog today from a little newsletter they send out. It's always a delight, and I would recommend both the site and the blogs they showcase.
(And I'll confess, there isn't a bluebird on my shoulder, but I did spot one hanging out on a sumac branch on my way into work yesterday!)