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

About Us

  • Barn owls, Mel (the male) & Sydney (female), are located in Oceanside, California - San Diego County, USA
  • The Box-builder/owner "KangaRobin" is originally from Mel(bourne), Downunder (+U.S proud citizen), hence the Aussie names chosen for these owls.
  • The box has been up since mid-November 2010 and owls moved in two weeks later!
  • These are wild & free barn owls located in my yard, but they are not my pets. 
  • They may leave the box at will.
Sorry, no merchandise will be available about Mel & Sydney - my house, my yard, my box, but EVERYBODY'S owls. The gift we get is the privilege of watching these lovely creatures. If you'd like to benefit barn owls or wildlife in general, then make a donation to an organization in your area.