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 5, 2012

NW Raptor Center - Sequim WA.

Another case of hay being removed from a barn and not knowing the nest was there, and the nest was destroyed.
Last years chicks that they received all survived and were released...they were this small also!
The surrogate Moms do an amazing job!!!

From 2011 the video below is of their rescued barn owlets learning to fly in their flight cage.

Their story
Eight few-months-old barn owlets were brought to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center -- a Sequim, WA-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation non-profit -- to be raised after being orphaned as small chicks. With the help of two barn owl surrogate moms who are permanent residents of the Center, the eight owls have all reached flying age and are being prepared for a soft-release into the wild.