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

Friday, February 1, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

We had a owl show up last night 11:33pm -11:40pm OBT and even tho the owl went in the box, no positive ID on this owl.
We could only speculate , some say it was a young owl but with so much movement from the owl, its really hard to say if it was one of ours or not.

Some have asked if this was a box take over, would Mel or Sydney not fight for their box?

Truth is we have seen at another box that was taken over by a new couple a few years ago with out any kind of "Fighting" for it and the only way any kind of fighting would happen for this box is if we had a owl already in the box and nesting was going on inside or if courtship was in progress.

Is this perhaps Sydney after a molt and a buzz crew cut?

Thanks to Robin from Jersey of the SPO webcam chat who was fast on her toes and was able to grab a short video

A few mins later we heard a thump as 2 owls showed up and Mel tried to call the owl inside the Box with deeting and dancing.

Welcome back home Mel..‎ ♥
And he stay's for the day !