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, October 14, 2012

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Mel arrives at 11:00pm
Being absent from his sweetheart all day & missing her so dearly, Mel arrived on the porch 7:03pm or 7:05 with another touch & go landing. Screech heard 9:10. Mel & Sydney exchanged screeches 9:36. Another screech heard 9:38.
Mel heard deeting 9:47. Syd wondering what all the fuss was about stepped out onto the porch 10:13, fluffed her feathers & flew off 10:15. Someone, off camera used the playground as trampoline 10:51. Mel curious to see the renovations Sydney’s been working on, landed on the porch 11:00, entered, looked around, approved & preened. He stayed 1hr inside before stepping out 12:00am.
He fluffed his feathers, departed to the trees 12:03, screeched then off to the hunting grounds. Screech heard 4:41 followed by a flyover. Syd made it back just before the boom cam went off 6:14am. She really loves keeping us on our finger tips with last minute arrival