Date: July 7, 2013
Place: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Loleta, California
Coordinates: 40.6774, -124.2219
Length: 3 miles in and out
Our morning hike of the Shorebird Loop Trail was not enough for us. After a short lunch break we drove around the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the Hookton Slough Unit and embarked on the Hookton Slough Trail.
|Map copied from Hamboldt Bay NWR brochure. Our trail is labeled yellow.|
|Hookton Slough, view east|
We just walked on the trail that stretches along the slough on its southern bank.
|Hookton Slough, view west|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)|
|Lichen and Pacific Swampfire (Salicornia pacifica)|
|Tuft Grass (Deschampsia caespitosa ssp. holciformis)|
We went on walking. The tide, that was receding the entire time we were walking west, has reached its lowest point and we were nearing the end of the trail.
|The changing of the tides at the Hookton Slough.|
|The view beyond the end of Hookton Slough Trail|
The way back didn't yield any more surprises. The chickas were busy looking for ladybugs and snails. They even found some :-)
|European Brown Snail|
Many thanks to members of the California Native Plants Society for their help in identifying plants!
You can click on the photos to get a better view.