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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

 Sydney arrived at 11:25pm with treat in talon - a rat. Hunter was not happy that Adi grabbed it and let mom know. Syd flew to the tree for a few minutes and then flew off.
Adi didn't gulp but played around with it learning the many traits that it will require an owl once they are on their own.. Adi pounced on it and made sure to give it the strangle hold with the talons, at times she would mantle it to let Hunter know it was hers.
Too much play time is another lesson Adi learned as Hunter saw the opportunity to snag it and get the final gulp! The look on Adi's face was priceless.

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Kanga once again broadcasted the song sparrow nest and wow, how the chick has grown in one week. Both mom and dad sparrow are doing a fine job keeping the little one fed. The other 2 eggs in this nest never did hatch.