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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Mel arrived treatless at 6:25pm, greeted his lady (wink) then fell fast asleep.
They bonded many times before heading out a flyabout 9:03.

After stretching her wings, Sydney returned to the nest at 9:09pm.

 Mel returned at 9:52 with a treat & gave it Syd which she ate immediately. Mel left on another hunting trip 9:54 & returned 11:06 with the 2nd treat of the night (gopher?). She placed it in the pantry for later.
Mel tried to re-gift it 12:47am. He stepped out then took off 12:48. Syd went on a 2nd flyabout 1:14 - 1:22. Mel returned with no treat 1:30, bonded a couple times before heading out again 1:59am.

Syd snacked on a pantry item 3:17. After finishing she forgot to wipe her beak.

Viewer stated, “Syd looks like she has lipstick on.” She needed a wet-nap.

Mel visited 5:14 bonded distracting Syd from her treat, took the treat from the pantry then flew off with it 5:15. Quote from another viewer, “What a stinker!”

Mel came home for the day 5:46am emptied taloned. She sounded off at him giving him an ear full for stealing her treat. Ahhh Love. LOL