LIVE Owl Cam - Mel & Sydney

LIVE Owl Cam - Mel & Sydney

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Mel & Sydney
Inside Cam #2/4

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EarthCam Top 10 Winner .

CLUTCH #3 - 2013

ADELAIDE - Hatched 4/7 at 3:12am click for Youtube video of hatch
Also, Mel meeting Adi at one hour old click for Youtube video
Our owlet Adi is named after the state capital of South Australia. Founded in 1836, Adelaide is the 5th-largest city in Australia. In addition, Adelaide as a girl's name is pronounced AD-a-layd. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Adelaide is "noble kind". The name was first popular in England after the reign (1830-37) of William IV and Queen Adelaide.

HUNTER - Hatched 4/9 at 5:08pm click for Youtube video
Hunter is named after the Hunter Valley, a region known for its fine vineyards, horse breeding, and tourism along the mighty Hunter River. It is a region of New South Wales, Australia, extending approximately 75 190 miles north of Sydney. Over 30,000 years ago the Wonnarua tribe of aboriginal Australians inhabited the land that is now known as the Hunter Valley region. Along with the Worimi tribe to the north and the Awabakal to the south, the Wonnarua developed a trading route connecting the Coquun (Hunter) Valley to the harbour now known as Sydney harbour.
European settlement of the Sydney region of Australia began in the late 18th century as a colony of the British Empire. The Hunter River was discovered by accident, in 1797 by British Lieutenant John Shortland. The region soon became a valuable source for timber and coal that fuelled the steamship trade.

This year's "Egg Drop Scoop" :

Egg #1 Mar 3 (6:49am) click for Youtube video

Egg #2 Mar 5 (9:51am) click for Youtube video

Egg #3 Mar 7 (3:56pm) click for Youtube video

Egg #4 Mar 10 (10:16am) click for Youtube video


CLUTCH #2 - 2012

MAGGIE - Hatched 3/7 at 11:31am click for Youtube video
Anecdote: One of Australia's most highly regarded songbirds, the Australian Magpie happens to be the mascot of Kanga's favorite Aussie Rules Football Team, Collingwood - Go Maggies!
Naming Contest winners: kjdragonfly and gsogirl59

BOOMER - Hatched 3/9 at 9:11pm click for Youtube video
No, not short for boomerang, but we hope he returns to visit us often!
Naming Contest winners: ozgood13 and jvet

ALICE - Hatched 3/11 at 1:12pm click for Youtube video
Talk about coincidence - incubation time 31 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes !!
Naming Contest winners: pcanada, cheery4, ljmarine, plymouth49, owliphant, hippiechick1970

ROO - Hatched 3/14 at 1:28am click for Youtube video
Roo... is it short for... ummm, Roooo? The smallest one in the family is sure to be a bounder of adventure in this 'leap' year clutch.
Naming Contest winners: largomet, rumbarue, coyotemommy, nana2four, heatherjane, niceplanet

Egg #1 Feb 5 (8:16am) click for Youtube video

Egg #2 Feb 7 (9:58am) click for Youtube video

Egg #3 Feb 9 (1:12pm) click for Youtube video

Egg #4 Feb 11 (10:34pm) click for Youtube video


CLUTCH #1 - 2011

MATILDA - Hatched 2/16 at 7:30pm
Named after the "unofficial" Aussie national anthem "Waltzing Matilda"
Play the up-beat version - click link:

Waltzing Matilda - by Aussie group The Seekers

DUNDEE - Hatched 2/18 at 4:00am
Named after the Aussie character Crocodile Dundee of movie fame. Played by actor Paul Hogan, who started his career as a painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and later entered a talent show on TV.

BINDI - Hatched 2/19 at 7:01pm
Aboriginal word for "young girl" and also daughter of honored Steve Irwin, well known passionate wildlife, nature, and conservation proponent from Australia. (video by Dandilion)

Bindi's hatch video

JOEY - Hatched 2/21 at 8:45pm
Joey is the word for a baby kangaroo. When the joey is born, it is about the size of a lima bean. The joey will usually stay in the pouch for about nine months before venturing out to explore the world and is fed by its mother until about 18 months old. Sing along with the kangaroo song, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" - by Rolf Harris

Kidz version - The Wiggles. . . . .Full version (no Wiggles)

BARBIE - Hatched 2/24 at 11:05am
Named after what Aussies use to have a cookout - when they throw another shrimp on the "barbie" (BBQ). No, this doesn't mean that Barbie is an owl that eats shrimp :)

DINKY - Hatched 2/25 at 2:33pm
Named after the Aussie bush vernacular that something is "fair dinkum" or "dinky di" - meaning the genuine article, honest, true, the real McCoy - "Are you fair dinkum?" (telling the truth?). "He's a dinky di bloke" (a guy who's true blue, for real, has the right values, honest)

Egg #1 Jan-13 (10:04am) - likely this was the non-viable one
Egg #2 Jan15 (9:10am)
Egg #3 Jan-17 (9:04am)
Egg #4 Jan-19 (8:45am)
Egg #5 Jan-21 (10:00am)
Egg #6 Jan-23 (12:23pm)
Egg #7 Jan-25 (3:46pm)


Cam #1 - OUTSIDE VIEW may be seen at:

Cam #3 - BOOM CAMERA & PLAYGROUND may be seen at:

Tri-Cam Page - ALL 3 (sometimes 4) CAMERAS may be seen at:

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Photo collections by Yvonne Nieves:

Photos Vol-1. . Vol-2. . Vol-3. . Vol-4
Clutch #2, Vol-1

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Barn owls, Mel (the male) & Sydney (female), are located in Oceanside, California - San Diego County, USA

The Box-builder/owner is originally from Mel(bourne), Downunder (+proud U.S. citizen as well), hence the Aussie names chosen for the first clutch of owlets in 2011.

The relatively warm winter weather in San Diego County always seems to bring the owls into the box much earlier than elsewhere - but we're running a little later than in previous years.

The box has been up since mid-November 2010 and owls moved in two weeks later! This box you now see is v2.1 which replaced the original v1.0 by Christmas after some quick learning and wonderous design ideas with advice from many helpful folks and we re-engineered all the objectives from scratch - see the slide show of construction pictures at

Check back often to see how Mel and Sydney learn to become parents all over again, CAMs will be broadcasting the action as often as possible.

The box is located about 16 feet above ground level. Dimensions - Length 30", Height 18", Width 16" (left-to-right dimension seen on interior camera), Porthole 6" diam. (and about 6" above box floor)

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.

$*$*$*$*$*$ - Mel & Sydney video and audio streaming, internet and wi-fi services, materials, equipment, cameras, power, time, dedication, designs and innovations for the well-being of these wild and free barn owls are all donated solely by the OWNER for the viewing and learning enjoyment of all. Absolutely no payments are made to Ustream, nor is income, revenue, or compensation of any kind received from any organization or entity, advertising, sales, or any other source whatsoever in association with Mel & Sydney Barn Owls of Oceanside, CA.

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