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, February 19, 2012

Cherish is the word..

It's so rare to see Mel theses days in the nest, one second he is there with a quick treat drop off and a dance with Syd, the next he is gone..
One thing that many have us have learned from the last clutch is that the time goes by so fast! We can hardly wait for the eggs to hatch and move on from stage to stage with great anticipation that we forget to sit a relish the times before us.
Everyday in the nest is a special day!!
After the eggs hatch,  Sydney will soon be gone during the days, and we will only catch a glimpse of her from time to time. The babies will grow and we will not be able to wait to see them branch and fly.
Much like our own family lives, its gone in a blink of a eye.
"Nothing is as far away as one minute ago".  ~ Jim Bishop
Live in the moment!

Sydney's third treat of the night was a headless horseman gopher.