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

Owls on one leg

Q: Why does that Owl only have one leg?
Q: Is that owls leg hurt?

The truth is that it  is very common among Barn owls and most birds to stand on one leg.
Birds, like other animals, shift their weight occasionally in order to avoid muscle and tendon strain, especially when perching.

When they sleep or rest they often raise one foot, later the other, which is more or less the same as a human rolling over in bed.

In cold weather, they alternate raising their feet up into the insulation and warmth of their feathers in order to avoid frostbite.

When they need to take off, they use both feet to get a boost from their powerful thigh muscles.

Owls’ legs have an adaptation called “rete mirabile” that minimizes heat loss.

The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs lie in contact with the veins that return colder blood to the bird’s heart, arteries warm the veins.

In the winter by standing on one leg, an owl reduces half the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs.