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, February 20, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

When Sydney returned last night after spending a very much unexpected day outside
(see video below) She was greeted with a bonding by Mel and she was in search for the treat she left behind.
She searched in every corner of the box and even under Mel's wing..
Not knowing that about 30 minutes before Mel's tummy was grOWLing..
He had seen Syd’s treat she left behind and the temptation was too great. He began  playing with it, shredding it,  then devouring it till all gone.  GULP & Gone!

After hours of rainfall and fierce winds that at times seemed to frighten Sydney, Mel finally got the hint of Sydney's squawking and stepped
out at 11:31pm then took off to hunt.

He returned with a treat for his lady 1:15am. She ate it 1:29.
They both flew off to stretch their wings returning approx 2:25. Syd made a last minute mad dash to the porch at 4:58. She turned her back hanging over the edge and had a potty break.

Mel chittered calling her to come back in. She happily did 1 minute later.
Both are in for the day.

We are looking for "WatchDogs" to help with any reporting of what they see while viewing Mel and Sydney during night and day hours.

The excitement is ramping up in the nest and we understand that many have hectic lives and can not view at all hrs and that is where others eyes and ears come in.
With your help we can get a report of the antics and New Endeavors of our owls and soon owlets.


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