Column: Glance out window puts new perspective on outgoing year

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New year celebrations are as much about looking back as looking forward, yes? It is with this dual perspective that I offer Happy New Year’s wishes to all of my feathered friends and winged neighbors. I sincerely appreciate your visits and the pleasures they have afforded me during these last 12 months, and I hope only the best for all of you in the year to come.

Although we humans — we wingless bipeds — are supposedly the ones with the superior language skills, words fail me as I try to express the enjoyment I have received observing you from my window.

Your songs that fill the warming air as you return for another season are an inseparable part of springtime; your summer clamor in the woods nearby is as much a part of the landscape as the trees themselves.

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