Great Gray Owl – Arcata


Dave Bogener
David is a retired Environmental Scientist with a passion for wildlife photography and travel. He has lived in Shasta County for the last 38 years with his wife Becky. If the light is at all promising, you can find him out with the camera most mornings at a local venue. David maintains a website where he exhibits some of his favorite images at
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8 Responses

  1. Karen Calanchini says:

    My favorite forest creature. What a beauty this one is.

  2. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    I vaguely recall the local birders were chasing a GGO in Arcata last year.  This one?

  3. Jim Dowling Jim Dowling says:

    Nice photo!

  4. Ginny says:

    What a regal looking bird.  Thank you for catching the view for us.

  5. Steve,  This photo was taken last week near Arcata.

  6. Kath Surbaugh says:

    How big are these owls?  I grew up on Fickle Hill (behind Arcata) and I remember there was an owl that had an estimated wingspread of 5′.  Is that possible?  Beautiful creature and a fine photo!  Thanks!

    • K. Beck says:

      WOW! Beautiful! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great website called All About Birds, here is the link for the Great Gray Owl:  No wing span data, though. We are lucky to have some in the Far North of CA. There are only about 7 states in the Northern US where they live! Nature Conservancy says: The great grey owl is North America’s largest owl with a wingspan up to 60 inches.


      …the great gray owl is mostly fluff, weighing only 2-3 pounds, about half the weight of a snowy owl. In North America, it ranges from Alaska south to the northwestern US and east to the Great Lakes. Great gray owls also inhabit northern Europe and Russia. It is a year-round resident of secluded wilderness areas, preferring coniferous forests in the far north and mountainous areas in the west. It has not been spotted in large numbers in the American northeast since 1978-1979, when hundreds of owls were driven from their home ranges by food shortages.


      There is a great profile photo there, too!


  7. Pam says:

    A real beauty…what a find!

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