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 7, 2011

Syd arrived to the box at 8:42pm with another owl behind, when they both flew in and both circled first - like a kid following momma during hunting lessons. Syd went into the box and seemed to be agitated by this other owl. We could hear her stomping on the floor of the owlbox and pacing. Then the other owl landed on the roof of the box and Syd chased it off only to have it return right away. Defending her box, a tussle ensued on the porch. Screeching and screaming with wings flapping they went down to the ground.
Was this one of the kids and Syd outright refuses to let them come anywhere near the box? Or could it have been a Intruder owl trying to woo our Sydney? The mystery continues...

These are things to ponder, and is all speculation . There is so much to learn about Barn Owls in Nature.

Sydney flew off at 10:26pm and returned for another short visit from 12:40 - 12:50 am