I should start taking my camera with me to the grocery store! In the same tree where I saw the evening grosbeak the other day I had a great look at a Cooper's hawk yesterday. It was very cool. There have been some good birds to be seen right from our front porch in the last day or so, too. In addition to the red-breasted nuthatches, chestnut-backed chickadees, and dark-eyed juncos coming to the feeder I've seen a bald eagle, a group of double-crested cormorants, a trio of bufflehead (they've finally returned to the island for the winter!), a common loon, a belted kingfisher, and a female hooded merganser that has come very close to the houseboat.
Sorry, no pictures of the birds to share today (I'll try harder now that we've had some sunshine again! It's been too gray for photos some days), but we did have a pretty spectacular view of Mt. Baker the other afternoon. Pretty much everything was dark but the sun still lit up the top of the mountain so it just glowed pink. It was a little brighter in reality and in the photo than it shows up here; I still have some issues color-matching reds and oranges for internet usage for some reason.
Only just over two weeks until the days start getting longer again!!!