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 20, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Late evening the drought lifted & the sky opened. It wasn't the usual precipitation, but a rain of critters. Overnight deliveries observed: 2 rabbits, 4 gophers, 1 mouse for a total of 7.
Both Adi and Hunter enjoyed their first meals of the night together.
But something peculiar was observed with one of the gophers. It wasn't still but had life. Each time the gopher stirred, Adelaide & Hunter hissed, beak snapped & moved in unison.  It’s been fascinating to watch each in a one legged stance with heads bobbing & tilting left then right. In addition, Sydney was spotted in the tree several times overnight keeping watch & listening to her kidz. 

Will Adi & Hunter finally figure out how to dispatch the gopher?  Will it perform a magic trick “The Great Escape”? 

7 Treats:  Adi  3,  Hunter 3 ,   1  - Live by front of box .      1st - 10:27p Rabbit to Hunter, 2nd - 10:34p Gopher to Adi, 3rd - 12:04a Gopher to Adi, 4th - 1:16a Live Gopher (in box),  5th -1:45a Mouse to Hunter, 6th - 4:23a Gopher Adi currently eating, 7th - 4:41a ½ rabbit to Hunter 

Hunter attempts to finishes off a Gopher treat from the Pantry before the steal.

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Over the weekend we got another view of what happens in Kangas yard with a song sparrow nest. The sparrow is along the side of his house, and not really visible from the wide expanse of the main yard and in a rose bush...

One chick and two eggs are in the nest but kanga isn't sure if the eggs are overdue to hatch or yet to hatch..

Thanks Robin from the SPO for capturing the video