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, November 10, 2011

All is well !

Many of us Owl watchers were concerned with the catch of PPO (PottedPlantOwl) and the stress it may have caused her to be brought to the vet to have a cough checked out.
I have to admit that I was one of those.
The catch by Nicci Wright from FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Center had to go to plan B after the first failed attempt. PPO was netted and brought to the Avian Vet, Dr Brett Russell.
PPO was then in for tests and x-rays. And found to be in good health.  The x-rays showed no sharp, foreign objects in her, which was a major concern. Tests came back negative for a very harmful, often fatal, diseases in owls.
She was then brought home and released.
As Tracy wrote on the blog:
"PPO's release took the form of me carrying box out onto the balcony, and opening the release door. PPO bolted out of there, landed on the balcony railing, threw a 'if-looks-could-kill' look back at me, and flew quickly away.

PPO has since been back to the balcony. She now has to contend with hyper chicks running amok on the balcony.