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

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Foul & Fowl

On his way to the Norfolk State-ODU football game, Virginia Beach Audubon Society member and top-notch birder Terry Jenkins was way laid by a game of another sort between an owl and some crows
Jenkins met a couple of friends at Eastern Virginia Medical School to carpool to the game when all of a sudden a little owl, came flying out of a tall pine tree, chased by four big linebacker crows.

“The owl, trying to evade the crows, flew into the mesh fencing that surrounds the lower level of one of the parking garages and fell to the sidewalk,” Jenkins wrote.
“The crows started landing around him; and he was not moving.”

Referee Jenkins decided to officiate. Personal foul!
He drove over, got out, and chased the crows away.

Of course he could have let nature take its course, but since the owl had flown into the mesh grating, he made the decision to save him.

“The owl, which he  recognized as a saw whet, did not fly away; but he was sitting up right.

He dropped a small towel over him and picked him up. “We checked him over and he seemed to be ok. He was just stunned.”

They draped the towel over him again and drove him over to the Cape Henry Audubon Society’s Weyanoke Sanctuary in West Ghent where Vincent Liles too this photo.
He then placed him in a tree and he immediately flew off, hopefully no worse for wear,”

“Great way to start the day.” Way to go Ref!
Tiny saw-whet owls, about 8 inches tall, smaller than a screech owl, are seen here rarely and only in migration time.