We've had our first real snow (not all that deep -- only about four or five inches) but it was enough to look pretty at the ditch.
Pretty cold, that is!
As you can see, there is some open water on the big pond. I suspect it's because since it is a drainage dish, there is continually water coming into it or moving around. Just a guess. But I'm glad because I know the ducks are there year round, though I didn't see them today. They need water.
There are loads of birds at my feeder, totally delighting Lizzie. But she didn't see this one!
I was coming home from the store and my quick stop at the Ditch for pictures when a big bird flew in front of me. He landed in a nearby tree. So I had to get closer!
What a handsome fellow!
When I posted on FB there was discussion about who this might be with the two leading contenders being a Cooper's Hawk with winter plumage or a kestrel.
So, to my bird experts -- care to weigh in? (Note: David from "Travel with Birds" just did -- without doubt, a Cooper's Hawk!" Thanks, David!)
My zoom is not the most reliable in recent times -- it often goes off-focus. But this time it served me well!
And for once, I had the camera with me at the right time!
It made the cold day well worth it!
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