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 3, 2012

Adventures With Mel & Syd

I think Sydney enjoyed her time with Mel in the nesting box today!
Kissing (billing) and preening each other most of the day

Mel even spent a few hrs in the nest after dark with Syd.
Is it possible that he is anticipating the hatch as much as we are??

Mel leaves the nest but returns later without bringing any groceries.

Mel returned at 12:10 am with a bunny for Syd, and boy was she hungry, after packing and unpacking that rabbit she went to down sizing it until she gave up and put it to the pantry up front of the box.
Sydney's second attempt 2 hrs later.. again back to the pantry.