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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Rodentia Report:
Mel brought in two treats last night and handed them off beak to beak.
At 9:14pm,the first was what we call a ROUS
(Rodent of unusual size)

Usage- when unable to determine what prey is and its HUGE!!

This might have been a humongousgopherous.. Ha!
 Sydney snacked on it pulling out the stomach and tossing to the front of the nest then later returned it to her pantry on the right side of the back of the box.

Treat #2 was a gopher  10:01pm. Mel even tried to regift one of them. Syd was not too pleased.

Someone asked if this was a scar above Sydney's eye, from what we could tell, it may have been a feather from her face hanging down.

 No pesky 3rd owl seen. Both in for the day.