"Lineatus" lives in San Francisco. This is from her birdwatching blog:
Banding season is underway. This is the time of year I live for. I like the migration, like getting the odd day to head to the coast or into the delta... got to spend a day at Pt. Reyes weekend before last and it was great. But above all else, fall means one thing to me: The hawks are flying, and I'm spending some quality time with them. I am a lucky, lucky person.
One of the coolest things about working with these birds is locking gazes with them. They are keen observers of the world, and looking into those eyes is a rare and remarkable experience.