SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Worth Waiting for- M&S

They played kissy face for a few minutes, Syd inside & Mel outside; then Mel went inside & to the back of the box & Syd went outside & stayed on the porch a few minutes and then she left... heard deets in the background,  maybe one of the Dinky kids. Mel stayed in the box for close to 3 hrs for a much needed break.
A:: The entrance hole cut in the box appears natural to them, while hay bales and ledges are used out of shear desperation. The dark interior of the nest box is similar to a natural cavity. It is instinctive for the Barn Owl to seek cavities to roost and nest in.

Mel and Syd Kiss in the doorway 6/29
Mel 6/29