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 8, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Viewers & Classrooms gathered yesterday to cheer on our precious Sydney. Each time she sat down the eggscitment in the waiting room magnified until she stood revealing still 2 eggs. She teased us repeatedly with false labor until the middle of the afternoon OBT. Her posture seemed different. She pushed her final push & Egg3 arrived 3:56pm. Sydney finally showed us her 3rd Egg. No wonder it took awhile to get here. It’s slightly larger than the other 2 (see video).

After a well deserved rest, Syd went on her FFN 7:23-7:26. Mel arrived home to greet his family 8:02. He stepped out returning 10:28 with a treat (½  gopher). They bonded then he left.

An owl, Mel?? landed at the far end of the PG 11:56. Syd came out. They flew off 11:57. She returned to tend to her eggs 11:58pm.

Sydney is resting alone in her nesting box today brooding her three eggs.