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

Friday, July 5, 2013

Adventures with Mel and Syd

New grasses were added to the prey box yesterday and the camera was back up giving us the view. The old hay straw was tossed to the ground by the feeding station and a few times last night an owl jumped down from the edge of the preybox to look into the straw for something to eat. With the new grasses both owlets were able to pass the test of it and scored food.

Both owlets seemed to do okay with the loud booming of the fireworks and hung out in the cover of the weeping eucua tree. We noticed a very distinctive call from Adi where he sounded like whistle rasping.. very cute!

One year ago today on July 5th 2012, Sydney spent the day inside the box.