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 6, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

The female arrived at 7:30pm

Mel sang and danced for her as well as his usual beak snapping and hissing..

She wasn't impressed !
She sat on the porch as if to tease him, searching the skies with a screech here and there by her and Mel from inside his box..

She spent almost 2 hrs sitting on the porch before she flew off and Mel was able to leave the box for the first time after spending the day inside the box with him right behind her.

Acting as if she didn't have a care

Closes encounters of the strange kind

The dark feathered beauty arrived solo back to the box at 11:42pm OBT and gathered up the nerve to go inside for a few minutes before she made her exit and flew off undetected.

No positive ID
on the female. 

Mel from earlier in the evening
Mel returned back to the box at 4:30am OBT this morning and as quick as he arrived, he was gone.
The box remains empty for the day.