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, December 29, 2012

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Mel slept his day away.
Spending nearly 29 hrs in his box, hunger got the best of him and he finally stretched his wings to find Syd and hunt and flew off at 12:18am
Screeches heard 12:35, 12:38 & 1:04.

 A flyby 1:06 followed by a female in the box 1:11am

<-- Sydney, is this you?
Looking a little nervous inside and that Mel may catch her in the kastle, she did a little house cleaning by moving around or picking through some horks,

Weaving her head in front of the camera and some camera blur, it was hard to get a clear look at the front of her face dead center to make a clear ID on her.
She exited, jumped to the playground 1:21 then took off 1:26am.
 Another flyby 1:37.
Very few owl sounds were heard since, and the kastle remains empty for the day.

Possible video of the female in the box may follow, so check back to see if it will be posted