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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Learning to hunt


In the early evening, we watched this juvenile Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) hunting over the grassland on Bodega Head.  It was foggy and the light was dim, but it was a memorable experience -- such a handsome bird.  Note the wonderful chestnut color on the breast.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Spotted along the bluff


Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus), 19 July 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yellow in the orange


This female Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) has been visiting a citrus tree in our backyard in Cotati.  She's very secretive, so it's been difficult to get a picture.  In the early evening, we are alerted to her arrival by soft "chut chut chut" notes.  I'll have to try to record them.

P.S.  To see a photo of a male Hooded Oriole in the same tree last year, see "Orange in the orange" on 18 June 2015.
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Peering out


Young coyote on Bodega Head, 21 July 2016


P.S.  For more coyote pictures, check out previous posts "Caught napping" on 9 August 2014 and "Pounce!" on 7 October 2012.
 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morning moon


Rising sun, setting moon21 July 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Here's looking at...

...me!

This young falcon paused briefly to take a look:


It's so magical to watch Peregrine Falcons in flight.

I promise to post other pictures soon, but these birds are pretty special.  And they'll probably be on their way soon, dispersing to other areas.
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Side by side

 
Light was hard to come by in the fog this morning, but I love seeing these two young Peregrine Falcons around.  (This photo was taken along the side of the road on 19 July 2016.)

They're two of three siblings that fledged from a local nest this year.  Note the very dark coloration brown on the back, heavy streaking on the breast.  And the buff rather than white coloration on the sides of the face and chin.

To compare these juveniles with an adult — review the post from 25 October 2012.