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 15, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Sydney fed both of the babies every few hours yesterday.
Both Adi and Hunter are thriving and doing well. If you miss a couple hours viewing, by the time you look back in on them, they've grown !
Mel visited empty taloned several times overnight. He was very curious and tried several times to get a peek at his babies.
Mel and Sydney spent many minutes allopreening each other to the delight of the viewers.
Having gone most of the night with nothing in her pantry, the suspense broke as Mel triumphantly returned at 4:38am to the cheer of chatters with the biggest rabbit ever. Sydney fed the kids immediately. But Mel wasn't done. He returned 5:38am with a huge gopher or rat. The pantry is well stocked for the day.
Way to go Mel!!

Treat Report: 2 treats delivered: 1st - Lepus Dinosaureus (huge rabbit) 4:38am better known as T-rab, 2nd - Thomomys Bottae ingens (huge Botta Pocket gopher) or rattus ingens (huge rat) 5:38am.