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

Saturday, August 6, 2011

European Tyto alba (alba)

A: The race name for the European  Tyto alba "alba" 
Is far more white in color then the North America Tyto alba and some females lack the spotting.
Female Tyto alba alba shown on left 

Tyto alba alba is also smaller then the North America Tyto.
 We can find pale and dark morphs, according to the geographical range.
 European  Barn Owl Tyto alba (alba): British Isles, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, and North Africa.
The barn owl is widespread throughout Britain, but is scarce or absent from the Highlands and the islands of Scotland. The main strongholds are Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the UK.