Last Monday, to my great relief, it snowed hard enough to keep me out of work. Doug had a sweet little bird out his window; it seemed to be a sparrow with a goatee and a snazzy cap. Considerable work with field guides later, we found it was a redpoll
which is not a sparrow but a goldfinch (redpoll on left and probably right, Eastern goldfinch in middle). WhatEVER. Today I had a flock of about 40 dipping and swirling outside my window. I am happy.