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

Friday, May 10, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Finally at 7:20pm, Adi managed to finish off the narly looking flat Stanley mangled gopher.

Mel getting a late start, delivered the 1st treat 11:40pm a gopher to Adelaide via “fling & fly”
& returned 8  minutes later with a 2nd treat another gopher for Hunter.

but Adi stole it – gulp gone earning her the affectionate name of “Little Miss Piggy”.
When Sydney dropped off the 3rd treat 1:56am,Hunter was ready. He snatched it – then eventually ate it. The 4th treat 2:36am surprised everyone. It was a small whole opossum. We enjoyed watching them steal it from each other & try to unzip it.

Once they tired out, it was placed in the pantry & sat on for a few hours. Finally at 5:48am, Hunter figured it out & positioned it properly head first then several gulps gone. We are so proud of him.
See the full night in photos by clicking on Moderator Aj's flicker HERE

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