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, May 2, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd - Babies Home alone Day 1

Yesterday around 3:00pm, Sydney heard something outside. The babies hissed...
and Syd went out of the box for about 3 minutes to check or chase off whatever it was. If you were watching at that time, you might have heard nothing, it's possible that it could have been "Alice" the coopers hawk making another appearance to the box. (the palm cam was not streaming at the time so no outside view)

Last night was a repeat of the night before with Sydney leaving as soon as it became dark. 8:10pm
At 8:30pm, one of the parents delivered the large gopher and handed it off to Adi.

8:40pm another treat comes into the box, this time we know for sure its Sydney.. She gave the small treat to Hunter and stayed in the box.

Adi worked for over fifteen minutes on getting the treat down, she tried and tried while Syd supervised.

 giving it all she could to get it down,
Syd took it from her and shredded the treat..
once it was small, Adi gave it another try and this time managed the gulp!

Treat Report: 6 Treats: 1st Lg Gopher 8:29p (Adi), 2nd - Sm Treat 8:40p (Hunter), 3rd - Slider 9:30p (Adi), 4th -  Lg Gopher 10:48p (shredded & shared), 5th - Med Gopher 4:35a (Hunter). 6th - ½ Rabbit.
Sydney is spending her first day out of the box leaving the kids with half end of a rabbit, but will they know how to eat it? Perhaps Sydney’s absence will encourage them to learn to shred for themselves.

Be sure to check back in tonight to see if Syd returns at sundown.

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