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 23, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

“Owl visits off and on, and lots of fun at the Kastle last night ! We had owls chasing one another as they zoomed by the cameras for us to see.
 After the disappearance of the initial Prey Box treats, Kanga came to the rescue by adding a few more frozen yummies around midnight. An owl watched him intently from the Playground, and the two engaged in somewhat of a stare down, to the delight of the chatters. When the owl finally decided that the “fellow with the goodies” was close enough, it let out a couple of loud, somewhat indignant screeches and flew to the trees – it was too funny!

The Owl Box had a short visit by a lone owl around 1 am who looked a lot like Mel.

 30 minutes later the royal owl couple entered the kastle , did a little preening, and looked like they were getting ready to nap – but their visit was cut short when they heard another owl outside and left to chase it away.”

Is it or isn't it Mel and Sydney?

Are they the owl couple who have been seen inside the kastle? That seems to be the elephant in the room. We know that this couple seem to be familiar with the box and the sounds of the camera moving. They maneuver the playground and surrounding area like this is home. The couple are also familiar with each other, unlike how a new pair would react upon forming a new bond.

So if Mel didn't meet his demise as some have speculated and left Sydney to raise and feed Adi & Hunter where she was unable to keep up and abandoned our babies and the nest, and move on to further territories, what is the answer?? Well.. there is no answer on why nature does what it does. Looking up page after page searching for the answer on Google, the research just isn't there to best answer that question.

From the Hungry Owl Project they too have had a similar issue with one of their boxes. Joe from the project checked with some of the foster and rescue crew about our situation. Come to find out it sounds like they have had a very similar situation with the parents at a nest feeding less and less and the project had to supplement. "Also the first time we've observed something like this." In their region of Northern Ca, they claim its been a really really weird year. Many owls who are normally very reliable nesters, nesting in the same boxes for many years, with multiple clutches a year are just not nesting this year. They've also had many reports of really small clutches, just a couple eggs vs the usual 6 or 7.

I don't think we will are know the reason why we had such a difficult clutch this year, we just have to respect it and perhaps learn from it, that things happen in nature that we as humans don't understand or have answers for. What we do know is that for sure our babies Adi and Hunter would have perished from lack of food and active parents to guide them and if it wasn't for kanga supplying the food and exercising a plan for training to teach them to hunt, they're would be two less owls in the free flying world.

Lets rejoice in the fact that if this is Mel and Sydney (many think it is), that they did not indeed perish and that they are well and perhaps will bring us a new clutch with a better outcome in the near future.