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

Monday, December 24, 2012

Adventures with Mel and Sydney

“Mel arrived to the kastle at 7:52pm went inside the box. Syd (?) arrived 8:52pm and what seemed to be a match of wills with Mel paying no attention to her, while she calmly stood back from the hole entrance & stayed outside till 10:34pm. Neither one made many sounds other then a few cute squeaks from her.

When she left it looked like she flew to the boom cam as we heard her muttering for awhile. Mel woke up preened,then took off at 1:11am
Distant screeches heard 4:35 & 4:36. Close screeches heard 5:55, – 6:00 then as our hopes for a return back to the box, a final departing screech 6:01am.
The Kastle remains empty once more for the day

Sydney (?)