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, June 4, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Adi reacts to the quick touch and go stop of a parent to the front porch last night.. Hoping to be on the receiving end of a possible prey item coming in thru the magic hole in the door. Sorry Adi, it just was a quick check on you two.

We celebrated a HUGE MILESTONE last night at 11:44pm, when Adi stepped out of the box for the very first time at age 57 days, looked out at the world for about 2 minutes, and then went back in!

Hunter remained in the box watching his sibling, and delighted all of us with the cutest look and the most stunned expression you've ever seen on an owl’s face! Hunter was also heard to beak snap at Adi as he returned to the inside of the box.
"Hello world .. Hey, look at me"

Adelaide stepped out for a 2nd time 3:21am – 3:37am (16 min). Hunter decided it was his time to shine in the spotlight 3:34am by stepping ½ way out having 1 foot on the perch for the entire 2 minutes.

Adi not to be outdone stepped out for a 3rd time 3:39am – 3:50am (11 min). He flapped his way over to check out Bindi’s corner at the back of the outside of the box then flapped back. We held our breath as Adi nearly lost balance several times. Not to worry. Adi quickly mastered balancing, reaching the perch safely then went inside.
Many more fun filled nights await us and them. Don't miss out. Join us tonight and witness for yourself.

NOTE: Though no food was brought from a parent , both Adi and Hunter continue to receive food under the guidance of our raptor expert. In the screenshot by moobird, Adi enjoys a rat dinner yesterday.