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

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hatch watch

Emma began attracting visitors and publicity almost immediately, including local TV news.
The webcam is maintained by Diane Davani, a stay-at-home mom, who first set it up in 2010 — and who did not anticipate the drama and the avalanche of publicity that would follow.
Diana got a call about an abandoned baby hummingbird in Aliso Viejo, stranded after its nest was accidentally cut down.
“We took care of this thing that looked like a shriveled-up, little black raisin,” Davani said. “Essentially, with my husband, we brought this thing back to life.”
But even experts couldn’t tell her whether Emma, an Anna’s hummingbird, would raise a tiny Allen’s hummingbird chick, a different species.
After a night of using a syringe to feed sugar water to the tiny chick, Davani decided to take a chance.
At dawn, when Emma got off the two babies, "we dropped this little black raisin into the nest,” Davani said. “She left with two babies and came back with three."
Emma raised the newcomer, which Davani named “Hope.”
That drew even more attention — not only from the public, but from bird rehabilitation specialists and scientists eager to learn whether hummingbirds would act as surrogate mothers.
They all fledged together!
Emma’s nest at present is protected from the rain with a nine-foot “humbrella"
“Hatch watch” officially starts on Wednesday
Emma's cam -