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

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mel Arrives!

Too cute for words.

Both Mel and Syd arrived after dark 9:04p and spent time together with lovey kissies in the box - both seemed to be good & healthy. Syd flew off to hunt first and  Mel left the box at 9:41p to join her.

Some responses from tonight's  chatters: This is awesome !
They are just amazing to watch... 
Mother Nature at her best 
Good evening, what a beautiful sight to come in on.
Unbelievable the love that they show for one another.
Love the chittering.
They are so romantic.

 Perhaps the reason Sydney has been back visiting the nest box, is to see if Mel has been bringing her treats. Once the male Mel starts bringing the treats to the nest, the female will get the hint that it is time for another clutch and then bonding will start. Something to ponder..

A: To regain minerals such as Calcium their bodies had given up when the shell was produced.