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 5, 2012

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Last night, incoming deets & screeches began early right as the sun went down over the Kastle at 5:22pm. Possible landing on BEV cam branch 5:24. Deets, chitters & screeches heard 5:42 before flyby spotted 5:43 on boom cam as shown on the first video.

At 7:06, boom cam showed 2 owls coming from different directions. They flew by several times.
One even did a porch touch & go landing. Distant screeches heard 7:14 & 7:16.

Chittering preening heard 7:37 followed by a departing screech 7:53.
Flyby 10:44pm.

Incoming deets heard 3:01 then, Owl in the box 3:03, It’s MEL.
He stepped out onto the porch 3:30 then back in 3:37.

Mel moved to the front, reached down to the hork seen bottom left & gave it a little toss 3:59.
He stepped back to preen & nap bringing much enjoyment to our viewers.

Mel stays for the day!

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