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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Adventures with Adi and Hunter

Will Hunter return? Will the UFO raid? What will Adi do (WWAD)?

Suspense heightened as the day came to a close. With the Prey Box (PB) replenished, we waited with anxious anticipation The cams changed to night viewing & within minutes the evening unfolded. The 3rd Owl –UFO, raided not once but twice (see video below) before Adi stepped out 8:33pm. We heard deets, chitters & screeches between at least 2 owls. Was Adi conversing with UFO, Hunter or both? Whoever it was, the sound was sweet, not threatening, bringing smiles to many.

Adi couldn’t wait to show us her new ability, landing in the PB (prey box) & retrieving a treat 9:23pm
(see videobelow).

Around 11:53pm Hunter made her appearance delighting all & putting any worry to rest. Adi greeted her on the roof. They exchanged chitters, Adi asking Hunter how her day went & Hunter explaining how she hunkered down to kept out of sight (valuable lesson learned for a 64 day old owl).

Since no treats were placed on the playground for easy retrieval for Adi and Hunter, they had to utilize the feeding box and shortly before 2:00am both retrieved treats from the PB. It seems as though they are in the process of passing yet another classroom test. Way to go kidz. Hunter again was seen retrieving a treat.She brought it to the playground, a few gulps then gone 4:39am.

She stayed close to the Kastle and went in 5:00am. We thought she would remain inside but she stepped out then flew to the left side of the playground looking for Adi. As soon as Adi heard the crows,she came home 5:35am & went inside. Hunter landed on the roof 5:43am, Adi came out to tell her to get in remember the crows? Hunter didn’t need much convincing. They both went in Hunter 1st followed by Adi.

See all the nights antics with the owlets by clicking HERE