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 17, 2011

Learning the ropes.

Eight few-months-old barn owlets were brought to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center -- a Sequim, WA-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation non-profit -- to be raised after being orphaned as small chicks. With the help of two barn owl surrogate moms who are permanent residents of the Center, the eight owls have all reached flying age and are being prepared for a soft-release into the wild. Soft release describes a gradual return to the wild whereby an animal receives support, shelter and food until it is entirely able to fend for itself. 
This video shows the owls in their long flight enclosure getting a workout.
An important part of surviving  in the wild for a barn owl is the learning how to pounce (to kill their prey) and the importance of branching and flying. One video is in a controlled environment and the other a natural environment.

A: They’re ''12'' tail feathers on the barn owl. Usually with 4 dark brown striped bands and 6in long