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, May 13, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Adelaide was observed 1:10am in a one legged stance for 6 minutes.
(not shown in capture)

Sydney arrived to the box with a dinner treat 10:53pm and went in the box.
 Both Adi and Hunter were startled when Syd approached them. They beak snapped and Adi was scared to the point of almost falling over, (look at her feet) LOL.
 The critter had a long tail and Hunter gulped it down quickly.

She stayed on the porch keeping the kidz company for 1 hr 12 minutes. She left 12:07am and later returned again to the porch searching the skies.

Do you have a hard time trying to identifying which owlet is which? It can be difficult for even the long time viewer. If you look closely, they're really is a sure fire way to know and it's all in the face.
Hunter's has an overhang of feathers over his eyes and it can appear like he is scOWLing. Adi's facial disc is much more open and flat compared to Hunters.
Can you see the difference in this picture of their face and figure out who is who by the clues?
Hunter is on the left and Adi on the right.