I’m not sure I found the area near Palmer today where an Osprey was reported recently, but in any case, I did not find an Osprey. It was useful, however, to explore an area relatively near home with which I was not familiar. I drove around in the Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area and later drove the Old Glenn Highway along the Matanuska River. When the lake ice and the ice along the river melts, the whole Matanuska area looks like it would worth revisiting. Similarly, I know that there is a history of good bird findings at the nearby Palmer hayflats.
It was a beautiful day (like essentially all Alaska days; I’m not biased) for a drive. In addition to the usual Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Common Ravens, and Black-billed Magpies, the highlight was an immature Bald Eagle perched right along the highway going into Palmer, preening and apparently watching the world go by.