For those owlers (and you know who you are) who follow my blog you will recall that a nest of Great Grays near Grizzly Peak began with a pair of nestlings in early July. One disappeared, the second one fledged and was seen near the mother owl the next day. Then the screen went blank in mid-July.
This nest was on private land and a ranch worker alerted me a couple days ago the youngster and the adult male (most likely) had been seen together. Owlman Peter Thiemann wen to the area last night and found both adult and youngster, now looking very much like his old man:
The first three images are of the rapidly maturing owlet. Still being fed by his father and they two will remain near one another until the owlet can feed himself in the autumn.
Thew adult owl on guard:
And this is Mountain Quail season, for viewing. If you are in Jackson County, now is the time to get out and slowly drive the mountain roads above 4000′. Mountain Quail are about in their late summer coveys. They are skittish and quick so Peter shot these two images through his admittedly dirty windshield. Elevation about 4500′. They prefer forest and brushy areas, not open meadows or talus slopes.
Note the male has his head feathers in a peace sign, a long-armed V.
Both the quail and owl are resident birds that do not migrate away in winter.
The photographer on this blog is building nest platforms Great Gray Owls in Jackson County’s GGO habitat. Money for the project is coming from donations to Rogue Valley Audubon. The first two platforms will go into the area where Peter got these photos. The GGOs there nested in a ratty and disintegrating old Raven nest this past summer and they deserve a better chance. GGOs are often quick to use platforms placed in the right nesting habitat of tall forest near meadows good for hunting.
Owls do not nest build, or even nest repair. They use existing structures or cavities or cliff faces. The GGO specifically needs broken off, hollowed out tree trunks, big ones…or abandoned nests of very large birds…or manmade platforms. They do not nest on cliffs or in buildings or under bridges like some large owls (Great Horned, Barn).
If you can donate to the Great Gray Owl nest platform fund, please send check to RVAS, P.O. Box 8597, Medford OR 97501. Your donations are tax deductible.