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, May 12, 2012

Interesting Barn Owl live band recovery

Info Source: nation-wide Birding Lists Digest.
Yesterday, Mario Giazzon of the PA Game Commission banded three Barn Owl owlets in Hartleton, Union County. Barn owls have been present at the site for many years and have been banded there for several years. It was not the usual banding session, however. The adult female owl had been observed to already have a band on. She was captured yesterday and the band number was obtained. This owl had been banded at this same site last August. She was just under 9 months old and had replaced her mother as the breeding female at this site. The owlets were between 5 and 6 weeks old and based on the egg incubation time, the female owl would have been breeding at 6- 6 1/2 months of age.

This I find fascinating because of all the literature that is out , states that a barn owl breeds between 10months to a year of age.