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, July 21, 2012

Ceulan Fledges

Feeling like a proud parent when their child takes its first steps. Ceulan the Osprey of the Dyfi project took his maiden flight. Ceulan's first flight lasted just over a minute and he landed on the ground between the nest and the Dyfi River. The project managers first thoughts were of the fox they'd seen prowling under the nest just a couple of days before. Then he was approached by a grazing cow - could he get trampled? After three quarters of an hour he'd had enough cow watching and was airborne again. After a flight of around 30 seconds he landed safely, but rather unceremoniously, back on his nest. Big exhalation of breath all round. Ceulan's first foray from the nest lasted just over 48 minutes.