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, December 31, 2011

Birders Delight

Birder watchers are flocking to Kingsville, Ont. to catch a glimpse of a wayward great grey owl who is calling the community home.
The owl, rarely seen south of Lake Superior, has been spotted in a grocery store parking lot and on nearby rural Essex County roads.
The majestic bird, the biggest species of owl on the continent, has drawn bird enthusiasts from as far away as New Hampshire. Birders from Ohio and the Niagara region are also lining the rural roads looking for the owl. Normally, if you want to see them you have to go up to Kenora district in [northern] Ontario or to Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan or out to the Rockies they’re not a bird you’d expect find anywhere in southern Ontario. They’re very majestic looking birds, they have an appearance of being above everything else, and are pretty impressive. Local bird watchers shouldn't have any difficulty spotting the owl. It's the largest species of owl in length and, unlike most owls, hunts all day long.
Video from CBC News Kingsville, Ont.