This was an excellent birding weekend. Thanks to my wonderfully patient boyfriend, Jon, I went birding twice! Once in Tiburon, CA and once in Half Moon Bay, CA. The pictures below are from Half Moon Bay.
August is the month when the raptors return. It's amazing; one day they're nowhere to be seen, and the next day they're on every telephone wire. Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay is known to be a good spot for raptors. The trick for finding raptors is to locate an open field surrounded by tall trees.
Today, we hit the jackpot. Hawks, crows, and kites oh my! Below is a red-tailed hawk.
He has a prominent brow ridge.
These hawks are very common. We always see them on the telephone poles staring intently at the ground.