I’ve been fussing over the male Blue-throated Sapphire, but the females have a lot of subtle beauty of their own. Especially since in this species male congregate, to perform in leks to attract these females. We don’t have many species on the peninsula with pronounced sexual dimorphism, but this is one you can see from afar, with the bright blue gorget lacking in females. @audubonsociety
This Red-tailed Hawk appeared to be quite accustomed to being around people. It hovered 15 ft over my head while actively looking down on me. I was a bit nervous that it was going to swoop down and land on my head. Later, I walked within ten feet of two hawks. One had a band on its leg. Anyone know what’s going on at Cowell’s Ranch near Half Moon Bay? Have captive birds been released here? These were all juvenile Red-tails.