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, February 25, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Mel left 9:20pm, Sydney 9:21. She returned 9:35. Mel stayed out for a long flyabout returning 2:00am, bonded then left. Syd stepped out 2:14, took off to stretch her wings returning 2:19.

Distant screech heard 5:20. Syd began clucking like a chicken. She stopped approx 2 minutes later. Mel decided to stay out for the day to give Syd alone time. Will he arrive early this evening & bring  his lady a treat or will Syd leave to join him hunting?
Join us tonight to find out.

Sydney stepped out momentarily while Mel kept a close watch on her. 
No on camera report of any treats coming into the nest but Sydney may have been fed while she had been out earlier in the evening.

No doubt about it, these two love birds have been strengthening their love bond with lots of allopreening and by watching you can feel yourself blush.‎