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

Friday, August 19, 2011

San Diego builders

Pat Burke is a local  retired biologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, here in Escondido North County San Diego.  Burke called his $49 nest boxes "a labor of love" for the birds that have beaten down the local population of rats. Burke estimated there are about 2,000 nest boxes in San Diego County, and said that he would like to see even more.
One of our very own chatters and viewer has a Owl Box built by Mr. Burke, and has had owls in her box..Way to go !

Tom Stephan is another maker of Barn Owl boxes here in San Diego County, and has a few different styles. His  top-end box, the Hoo’s Who [$950], is a two-story barn with oak trim around the front and the edges and a manzanita branch perch. They come on a 16-foot-high galvanized steel pole set on a post that he sets in the ground.. Inside the Hoo’s Who is an infrared night-time vision video camera and microphone.  It is color in the day, black and white at night, and it has audio; you plug it into your TV.”  Another box runs you $500.00 and yet another model for $350.00.
As you can see the prices range, but no matter if you spend a little or a lot for a nest box, camera or no camera, in a tree or on a pole they will come. Find a Owl Box builder in your hometown, or build your own,  and do your research.
Read their stories and see their boxes.