30 Owlettes in the Nest and 13 Eggs Waiting to Hatch.
As we transition from anxiously awaiting the news to knowing it all (do we really?), we must take a moment to lament the apparent lack of viability of Bonnies eggs # 6, 7, & 8, now Angel Eggs.
Joyous news on the other wing for Owlivia & Owliver and Lucy & Ricky with the hatching of Zippy and Darla respectively. (at 33 and 34 days it appears with more news expected from both boxes. You go Girls!!)
Pepper sneaked in a second egg when our last report went to press and no doubt will do that one more time. Thank you Pepper in advance!
Mom goes out for a little fly-about and the
fluffballs start shuffling for best position
in the OwlBox...except the one in the back
has other things in mind...like, which of her
siblings to bless with regurgitated GopherGutz!
Making me hungry for - UH, hmmm, not good, not good.
Mel: "Just had it, Syd,
my yummy girl! See Ya, Sweets!"
"MEL! Treat for me or bye-bye Whoopie!
This 'WHAM-BAM THANK YOU, MAM' stuff gotta stop, MEL!
I am soooo tired...six squirmy owlets BELOW me; you on TOP o'me,
...no rest for the weary, Mel, none...now bring me a treat, please."
Mel: "Coming back with treats, my Sweet"
Flies off as Syd sleepily gathers her mobile fluff-balls,
settling softly upon them, closes her eyes...dreams of flying, wind in her face,
through the cloudless, star-struck spring night air and...ZZZzzz...zzzz.......
Good Night, dear Syd, catch those zzz's while you can!
It's a little hard to see these chicks but if you look very carefully, she's got quite a brood. A little one is trying to get in on the photo shot, underneath his/her sibling. They are aggressive little eaters too. Keep up the good work, Mrs. Owl.
Lovely Syd discovers the challenges of keeping
her feathers preened and her countenance youthful
while SIX squirmy, squeaky owlets scurry about
beneath the luscious warmth of her downy bottom...
Can she get a snuggle, Mel?
The MOD gang sends you its best wishes for a speedy recovery. Please come visit us sometimes on your blog!! We is doing our best to keep it up and running. I'm sure Yum Yum sends horks and hisses and guinea pig kisses. And for coming through your procedure with flying colors, you definitely get DING DING DING!!!!
Da MODs may be ailing, but the spirit ain't failing!!
At Bonnies dancehall, early morning, she is seen considering the pantry stock. OMD an egg in the pantry!! Diners are overheard: "..egg in a hole, please." , "its toast, that's what I say!", "Bonnie, need some gravy on that!" and the final insult, "Its just tasteless." Wait till Clyde comes home, he'll get in a lick or two for this!!
Late breaking report from the front, by our own Richard Engel.
Dinky Di, Sydney just has to take a snooze after welcoming baby #6. Not sure who that is under her chin, but they are in dueling snooze positions. Looks like that owlet ate some nice greasy grimey gopher guts; oh, Hork!! How disgustifying!!
Congrats Syd on producing a heck of a brood. And welcome to the world, little Dinky. May all your horks be big ones.
Syd realizes that it's time to show
some real, down home Aussie hospitality
to their guest, NBC Correspondent, Richard Engel.
She looks everywhere for a little sumpin'-sumpin'
to serve as a delectible appetizer...AH! Those
little rascal owlets are holding out on her,
they're snuggling their dinner! Which would
do quite nicely...
Aussies are world renown for their unparalleled hospitality to visiting "embedded journalists" but somehow, Richard's childhood terror of unseen little mice scurrying above his room in the attic all night came back while he was in Libya...?
Syd, good on ya, mate, you tried. Now throw one to the Barbie!
Our sweet Syd is worn out after her new experiences in Motherhood (exhausting) so she catches a few zzzzzz's before Mel brings in fresh catch o'the Night and the little ones wake to discover they are ravenously hungry for food while Mel is ravenously hungry for Syd!
Things have been really tough here, but we have the enemy cornered there’s time for wine and cheese, and smoke em if you got em. Meanwhile we are all keeping a low profile and counting the minutes till the next hatch. Salt and Pepper have joined the brigade of parenthood with their first egg. Willow and Mrs. Owl at Starr Ranch are moving into the second phase of raising owlettes, all eggs gone wherever eggs go. Sadie, sadly, is still off camera, and we will drop her from our articles. We assume all is well, she is just not ready for the publicity. Lucy and Ricky have lost the color camera because of cable problems in bad weather and heavy pounding (in the box), the outlook is, well, black and white. We’ll keep an eye on that of course. But Ricky was quoted as saying, ”Babaloo”…and something about the 50’s.