They are so cheerful, so enthusiastic, they seem to love life and each other. I know that love in our language isn't likely the same for birds, but they seem to enjoy being together... all the same family so to speak.
So it seems appropriate to have little birds as symbols of a new year for me. I enjoy their company, their antics and their cheerful chatter every day.
Another bird that makes me smile is the woodpecker - there seem to be a lot around here, knocking on the wooden sides of the church, creating holes I'll need to fill come spring, and letting me know they're around. This one is busy stuffing a seed into a hole it will remember to find later in the winter if I forget to put seeds out for it. Some days I wish my memory was as good as this small bird's. And then I chuckle.
The little video below is about a minute and a half of what a morning is often like here in Union church - full of birds song, sometimes a passing car and most often, just the sheer exuberance of tiny birds having breakfast. their conversation is charming, at least I think so.