Birds are beautiful on their own, of course.  I think they remind us of freedom.  For me finding a redwing blackbird in the marsh is a special treat.  The goose couple I followed stayed close together, and had a rhythm to their companionship that seemed to indicate affection and respect for each other.  Birds are a big theme for me this year. If I get a Barred Owl or Snowy Owl I will feel like I have accomplished something special.