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 25, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Rainfall in the early evening had Sydney waiting a little longer for the first dinner arrival. She listened for any sound of Mel.
Little Adelaide holds onto Sydney leg with her talon.
The back up with wings splayed is the way the owlets eliminate. Sometimes you will even hear it.. Squirts!
While waiting for the first dinner treat, both Adelaide and Hunter were very well behaved and stayed cuddled up with mom Sydney.

Mel brought in 4 treats last night with the first arriving later due to the rain at 10:45pm, 11:24, 1:05am and the last 4:24am.
Hunter is able to get a whole small gopher down..
Sydney feeds both owlets and eats a lot of it herself.