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, January 25, 2012

Bald eagle released - Carolina Raptor Center

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — A bald eagle injured during a fight with another bald eagle has taken to the skies once again, thanks to some dedicated humans.

 The Carolina Raptor Center released the bird back into the wild in Fort Mill last weekend. About 50 people gathered to watch.

The Huntersville, N.C.-based center says it took several months to nurse the injured eagle, named Silver, back to health. For the past several weeks, she was in a 20-foot flight cage until she was approved for release last week.

 The eagle was found in Charlotte, its talons locked in a fight with another eagle. Silver had multiple wounds including a broken collar bone.

Executive director Jim Warren says that as the bald eagle population has made a comeback from endangered status, people are encountering the birds more often.

view the video of the release