Of course, I live in the desert and sometimes I don't have to make a visit to see them, they instead come to me.
Here's a Cooper's Hawk that was recently surveying the landscape from our back wall.
Back to Raptors. Today we had a Ferruginous Hawk perched on our next door neighbor's roof. Thankfully it stayed long enough for me to grab my camera & zoom lens.
Once it started leaning into the wind, I knew that it would soon be taking flight and I managed to catch it just after take off:
Happy Earth Day!