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

Monday, April 1, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

*Video below shows Sydney removing her non-viable egg.

Mel joined Sydney in the box again last night arriving (treatless) about the same time as he did the night before. Alopreening each other and chittering.

With Sydney rasping giving Mel her grocery list he soon left after about an hour to hunt for dinner

Mel delivered 4 treats to Sydney:
1st - gopher 10:17p consumed,
2nd - gopher 11:21p &
3rd gopher 3:09a &
4th med slider 4:55a consumed.
Currently 2 pantry items on each side of her.