Sam and I spent this past Memorial Day weekend in Humboldt County, and while we were there visiting we managed to find time for our customary walk at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
We enjoyed perfect late spring weather and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere while surveying the local wildflowers in the early afternoon on Sunday.
As we began our stroll around Klopp Lake, I spotted a raptor flying low along the edge of Arcata Bay. I didn’t see it again until we reached the far side of the lake, where we encountered a cluster of birders who were watching and photographing an Osprey that was circling overhead.
This was a rare treat. It has been a very long time since I have seen this amazing fish hawk, which is one of my favorite creatures. It seems that each time we venture out to the coast, there is something unique to enjoy.