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

Monday, March 26, 2012


Follow the Journey of a Barn Owl Family
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This pair of Barn Owls began courting in January 2012. The female began laying her eggs on February 25th. A new egg was then laid every other day until her clutch was complete. She now has six eggs that she is incubating, turning, and protecting. Her mate continues to visit her during the night and brings her presents of food: rats, mice, voles, moles and gophers. Incubation times range between 26 and 33 days. The expected date for the first owlet to hatch is around March 23rd.
Keep checking back to see how fast these babies can grow!
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The Hayward Area Recreation & Park District is an independent special use district providing park and recreation services for over 250,000 residents living within a 64 square-mile area which includes the City of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and the unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview districts. The Park District, known locally as “H.A.R.D.”, is the largest recreation district in the State of California.
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