There are several lakes surrounding The Holler that provide wonderful places to hike, picnic and birdwatch.
This osprey was vigilant,
intently watching the lake for her next meal (despite the feather stuck on her beak.)
Bald eagles are congregating in greater numbers around Holler lakes,
which thrills me to no end, because they were almost wiped out locally, and I went decades without seeing them here.
Brewer’s Blackbirds are common at The Holler. They are very friendly birds and often eat out of my son’s hands.
Ring necked ducks were on the lake in force,
resting from migration.
The area around The Holler burned extensively in 2007, destroying 1000’s of homes and extensive habitat. You can see the progress of regrowth and the burned trees on the horizon.
Cheers to you from beautiful, burning, California, my native state~