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, July 21, 2011

Jubilation - Sydney returns !

Out of nowhere she showed up to her favorite weeping tree and into her nest. She arrived at 8:33 pm and stayed until 10:09 when, after a few calls to Mel, she flew off into the night. She looked very tired and she rested inside her box.
Indescribable joy at seeing Sydney safe and sound, if only she knew how worried we all were, and how she and Mel have been missed.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

Mel was not seen on camera but our reporter on the ground said that he could be heard.
We now know that they have not abandoned their nest, and while some pairs roost together at the nest site all year round, others only use the nest site while nesting.

We all hope that when the time comes for a second clutch that they will return and produce another wonderful little family for us to fall in love with.