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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

NX Update..

PATIENT: Bald Eagle, #11-0475, NX
LOCATION OF RESCUE: Northumberland County, Virginia
CAUSE OF ADMISSION: Suspected hit by car
ADMISSION DATE: December 2, 2011

January 30 update
NX was caught up today for a bi-weekly foot and feather check and weigh-in. Dr. Miranda also inspected NX’s tattered bumpers and opted to remove them for the time being — while observing how NX gets around in the flight pen. The veterinary team report that NX’s current weight is 4.25 kg, and feet are in good condition. Cam viewers may have noticed that NX is still missing one of the feathers on her left wing that she was missing back in August 2011 – feather #9. Feather #6 on her left wing is also broken (noted by the veterinary team weeks ago), but feather #8, which was broken in August, is new.

The next foot and feather check will be on February 13. The veterinary team will also take another set of radiographs then, just to check on the healing progress of NX’s injured shoulder.