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

Friday, March 15, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Mel left for his FFN 8:41pm followed by Sydney 8:45. She went for a quick outing swooping up to what looked like the palm tree and then back down and returned at 8:47pm.

Mel scanned the skies, swooped down, snagged a first treat, returned at 9:10, gave it to Syd,
bonded then left 9:14. Some thought it was a gopher while a few wondered if it was a small squirrel. She wasted no time swallowing it.
 Mel returned 10:07 with 2nd treat – another gopher. After bonding he took off 10:08. Syd still full from the previous meal placed the treat in the pantry for later. 

 An owl landed on the playground 11:39-11:43. Was it the 3rd owl or was it Mel? 

Later in the wee hours of the morning Syd opened the pantry & dined savoring every moment leaving the cupboard bare. Mel spends the day in the tress and she spends the day alone in her nest brooding her four eggs.