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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Its hard to think as you see Adi in pictures that just a few days ago Adi hatched out of that small egg. She has more than doubled in size.
Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food.

 Owls consume twice as much food for their body size as other owls. When hungry they call endlessly for food.
What an adorable shot of Adi as she peeks out between Sydney's legs.

*Hunter is still growing and will soon catch up to Adi in development, we will then see a lot more of Hunter in pictures.

The eyes of the chicks remain closed for about 10-12 days.
Not only did Mel deliver 4 treats, he stayed to watch Sydney feed Adelaide & Hunter 12:25am - 12:31am 
(see video below).

Syd must have asked Mel to bring the kids something different. He obliged returning at 4:17am with a large ½ rabbit (see video).

Knowing Adi & Hunter have been well fed (including leftover gopher), Syd placed Bugsy in the pantry for later. Wow, just look how much they've grown.

Don't miss out on all the nights activities, click on Moderator Aj's pictures on flicker by clicking HERE

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