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, April 16, 2012

Adventures & NiteTime Antics

Boomer standing and Mags laying down

Boomer flapping and in the far back you can see Mags face
 Boomer finishes off the first treat after the hork.
Mousie at 8:22pm OBT
Not only is there a difference in their tail feather markings showing, but as you can see a vast difference in the coloring of their facial disc.
Mags (L) Boomer (R)

Female Markings: Distinctive black speckling on frontal area under wing parts & a distinctive dark penciled line around the facial disc together with an apricot colored necklace

Male Markings: Under parts & facial disc are of pure white.

Although female barn owls tend to have darker plumage and males tend to be whiter, this is only a generality and not a surefire way of determining gender.

Maggie horks at 11:19pm and at 11:20 a treat comes in.
Wow , perfect timing !
Treats coming in are so fast now its difficult knowing if its Mel or Sydney, let alone to try and get a picture.. Sorry
Another treat arrives at 12:28 going to Boomer -Gopher