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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Mel arrived 7:40p deeting & dancing. Syd landed on the door perch 7:45pm taking a peek inside. He reacted with beak snapping & huffing. She flew off at  8:08. Mel resumed deeting

Syd returned 9:41 entering the Kastle. Or was this a female UFO? Mel approached her with a kickboxing move (think he’s been watching too much Chuck Norris) *wink
Getting the hint she left.
But not to worry she returned 9:49pm.

Just a blur as Mel and the owl (Syd?) tussle.
Was this an attempt to bond with the female? 
You be the judge as you watch the video shown below.
Mel still standing at the front door reacted again with beak snapping & huffing. It seems as though they both fell asleep. Mel screeched at her several times waking her. She flew off 10:36pm. Sensing her presence again, Mel began beak snapping with an occasional screech.

She landed on the porch 11:12, hopped to the roof 11:21 & departed 11:23. Mel followed shortly departing 11:26.
Owl spotted 12:25a. Owl visited on the Porch 1:03-1:48. Owl flyby 2:13am.

Several deets & screeches heard up until daybreak but alas the box remains empty again for the day.

Still shots of above video frame by frame