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, July 2, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

Owls had been in & out of the Prey Box nabbing treats throughout the night.

Do owls see in color?
From The Barn Owl Trust: The retina of an owl's eye has an abundance of light-sensitive "rod" cells which are very sensitive to light and movement, but they do not react well to colour. An Owl's eye possesses very few "cone" cells that do react to colour, so most Owls see in limited colour or in monochrome. However, not much research has been done specifically on Barn Owls colour vision, so it's difficult to say whether they can see red or not.
You can read more about the Barn owls Adaptations by clicking the link