Check out this awesome picture I got yesterday afternoon of the Cooper's Hawk in the crabapple tree right outside my dining room window. This bird was perched about 12 feet away from where I'm sitting right now at my computer. I was able to grab the camera and crawl slowly to the window to snap a couple of pictures (this one was the best). Be sure to click on this one to "supersize" it and take note of those talons and also the way those fluffy white feathers on its tummy were blowing in the wind. Five seconds after I took this picture, the hawk flew off the branch and headed around to the other side of the house--hopefully to catch a house sparrow.
We drove about 96 miles in search of the Snowy Owl, but were not as lucky as Cindy and Vern. We did, however, see a fair number of Horned Larks and I managed to get this picture of some of them pecking for grit on the edge of a gravel road. I think they're pretty neat little birds.
And here's one more look at my backyard possum. I tried to scare it into "playing possum" by running up to the ground feeder tray it was eating from, but I only succeeded in getting it to slowly waddle out of the tray. It finally stopped under the evergreen tree and allowed me to snap a couple of pictures.
Up close, this possum looked to be a little bit smaller than Penny (my cat). Again, click on the picture to enlarge it so you can see its amazing whiskers and cute little pink toes. I would dearly love to try and feel how soft that fur is, but I've seen their sharp teeth and was probably pressing my luck just by getting so close to take this picture. Fortunately, they're still moving pretty slow in the cold weather.