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

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Countless bondings witnessed overnight. Mel left to go hunting 7:59pm and his first treat of the night was a large gopher that was down sized and then gulped down.

                                                             Next gifted treat to Sydney was a small mousie slider that she put in her pantry.
He kicked it up a notch, ok several notches by bringing wascally wabbits 10:40, 11:37 & 12:37. Sydney ate 1 of the wabbits 12:57am.
She was standing by the door when the irksome 3rd owl landed on the far end of the playground 2:36am. She moved to the back left corner standing upright defensively.
The 3rd owl flew off 1 minute later 2:37.
Syd finally moved 5:33am squatting & rasping. We hoped to see a last minute arrival of Mel but he decided to give Syd some alone time for the day.