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

Friday, June 1, 2012


Describes a carnivorous diet that consists of mostly birds. Some birds of prey feed heavily on smaller birds and are considered to have an avivorous diet, and other birds of prey will occasionally feed as avivores if there are plentiful birds to eat or other prey is scarce. Avivorous birds are strong, agile fliers that are capable of surprising their prey in the air or pursuing a panicked bird. They also frequently have strong legs and talons in order to grab their prey successfully on the wing, though many avovirous birds will seek to surprise prey while it is on the ground.

Both large and small birds of prey can be avivores. Urban peregrine falcons are frequently avivores and feed mostly on rock pigeons, while avivorous backyard hawks such as the sharp-shinned hawk or Cooper's hawk are more likely to feed on smaller birds such as sparrows and finches, though they will take birds as large as doves.