Birding at Chopta during the New Years was tough this year. The un-usual tourist crowds was disturbing the wildlife and the cold was killing too. But it was amazing to get the Scarlet Finch on everyday of our trip; actually it would just fly in as we get to the spot each morning as if to greet us. We got them at eye level most of the times and in all sorts of background including this dark one of those freezing early AM.