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, March 24, 2012

Adventures & NiteTime Antics

                                              Precious Maggie

Sydney and the owlets at the very front of the box where we had no view of them.

Mel delivers for the first treat a small mousie slider through the door and all of them slowly move back towards the back of the bus.

Maggie grabs the tail end
(no pun intended) of one of the treats

Mel sits on the perch after making a delivery and then flies off

Barn owls can hear so well that researchers believe they can distinguish which species of rodents they are hearing.
The flattened facial disk of a Barn Owl funnels sound to the bird's ears and magnifies it as much as ten times to help the bird hear noises humans can't detect.

Their ears are extremely sensitive and can be closed by small feathered flaps if the noise level is too disturbing.
sorry kids, mom cant hear you. :)

Opossum with extras to the door.

Boomer swallows whole prey