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 31, 2012

Tom Foolery

Who is this Owl on the box trying to get a peek in you might ask??
Is it Dinky like many say?
Could it be Mel looking to see if Sydney is in the box or checking on the kidz ?
But wait!
How can it be Mel if the babies are hissing at him ?
I have been a witness many times as Sydney re-enters the box and the babies are hissing at her.
What I do know is that shortly after this "sneak a peek" owl was there, Mel delivered two treats that were gulped right down.
Gopher for Boomer at 9:25 and a mousie for Maggie at 9:35pm

Who do you think this owl is?

Maggie when standing is getting very tall, look at the measuring tape on the box wall.
She could be as tall as Sydney when standing fully erect.
two captures by Phdowl

Sydney was out at 7:40pm and she returned for a short min at 10:16pm and then left again.
Sydney returned at 11:58pm with a treat and Mel followed right behind her with another one
Sydney stayed until 12:22am inside the box.
Treat count 4

Thanks Dad