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

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barn Owl Polygamy! WHAT !

Two female's care for their owlets together in the nest  

Perhaps a scarcity of males prompted this threesome. There are plenty of nest sites on his property, including three owl boxes, and quite a few old dairy barns and silos remain in the vicinity, so lack of nest sites shouldn't be the reason these two females are sharing a nest box.
“Voles are extremely abundant on our property, but this seems always to be the case. Abundant prey may be an enabler, but not likely the cause of polygamy.”
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