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, November 16, 2011

Cornell Lab Nest Cam - Italy Tx

 Cornell Lab has a Barn owl nest box cam set in Italy TX with their resident owls Wing and Beau. The two successfully raised a clutch this year in the Hot Texas heat this summer has found their now empty box to be very popular with surprise quest visitors.
A small Kestrel spent most of Oct. and early Nov roosting in the box at night and has since moved on, then a little Eastern Gray Squirrel  replaced the  Kestrel  as their newest surprise guest. The squirrel must have been very determined to climb up the 40 ft of railing inside the hanger.

Check in nightly to see when Wing and Beau return or who and what will visit next.