These two pictures were taken by a homeowner who lives south of Ashland at about 3100′. This Great Gray Owl was perched on her porch. The owl stayed around for some photo ops then flew back into the forest. Needless to say, this was a unique experience for her ten years of living there.
There are small grassy meadows near her house. The forest is mixed black and white oak and conifers. These are cedar, Doug-fir and ponderosa. There are some small springs on the slopes that keep the grasses and forbs green even in this droughty summer. That should mean food for the GGO. The owl’s hostess has declared this the “Year of the Vole.”