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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Once again the rains hindered hunting. As the early morning weather turned for the good, approximately 3am, Mel or Sydney delivered a medium treat via a technique called “fling & fly”.
Not 100% sure but we think Adelaide ate the treat.

Syd arrived 3:49am with something in her talons & went into the box.

 Hunter snatched it & took it to the corner concealing it.
Not until 3:59am when Adi stole it did we realize the treat was a bird. This game of “steal the treat” went on for another 5 minutes until she decided to place it in the panty.

Syd returned looking wet with another bird 5:31am. She turned around, moved to the door & blocked the cam. We lost sight of the treat. Syd eventually stepped back never taking her eyes off the door. She had that alert look.
 Why you wonder? She was chased by crows & maybe the last bird was a family member. She began shredding 5:53am thus teaching the kidz how to dispatch & ensuring each had their fair share.

Sydney stays the day with Adi & Hunter.
How old are the owlets?
Adi is 30 days old and Hunter is 28 days old today. .

*see the full nights pictures from Moderator Aj HERE

*see a Slideshow HERE