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, June 9, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

So much happened overnight, oh where to begin. 

Adi stepped out & was seen on the porch, playground & roof several times before the event we all were waiting for, Hunter’s 1st emergence 12:35am. 

Adi joined Hunter on the porch to congratulate her on this major achievement. Hunter stayed out flappercising for 23 minutes then went back in 12:58am. Hunter’s 2nd appearance came at 1:09am. This time she stayed out for 10 minutes.

See video of a 2nd owl by Robin of the SPO chat

Supplement treats were provided in the Feed Box. It contained 2 treats 1 of which was alive. Approx 2:30am Adi retrieved the live treat, went to the left of the playground to a roost pipe (not one of the platforms), balanced herself, shredded & ate. Way to go Adi on passing your 1st hunting test. Adi then brought the other treat into the box to stash for later.  Around 3:09am we had an UFO visit. 

see video of owl coming out of the feeding box.

Hunter came out to the porch a 3rd time 4:39am. Seeing her out Adi flew to the roof to say hi then flew off. Hunter flapped her way up to the roof 4:56am. Adi joined her there 5:02am then flew to the left of playground. Hunter jumped down and back up 5:09am. Then decided she had enough for the day and went inside 5:11am. Adi called it a night 5:24am. Hunter greeted him with sweet little kisses.  Hunter worked up an appetite eating the treat which Adi so thoughtfully brought her 5:27.

See all the nights antics in pictures HERE and HERE

Our heartfelt thanks go out to EmmieJan on her many hours (6 of them)to produce the nights follies for us to enjoy.