LATE SEPTEMBER, AND the key show dates start to loom on the calendar. Prominent in the next few weeks are the Budgerigar Society Club Show on the weekend of October 1-2 and the National Exhibition on Sunday 9. Two major national events on consecutive weekends! A treat – although, to be honest, your Cage & Aviary Birds team would have appreciated at least another week between those two great fixtures.
Other special events in the offing include the 50th anniversary show of the International Gloster Breeders Association (IGBA), over the weekend of October 15-16 at Nuneaton. IGBA chairman Keith Baker looks forward to the weekend on page 8. Meanwhile, the first major show of the zebra finch season – the Midland ZFS – is already well behind us, so on page 15 Dave Brown offers his highlights and early impressions of the 2016 vintage: a dominant Welsh presence being a very obvious feature!
On page 9, Dave airs views on the thorny topic of whether to show your best birds or keep them back for breeding. There’s more to this than you might think – though we’ve all met exhibitors who always have a better bird back home than the one that’s just beaten their best at the show... then on page 10 Terry Kelly lends his expert advice to Fife exhibitors this season, not omitting the fundamental point that showsteadiness must and can be bred in to your line. Birds can do most things better than we can, but on the whole they haven’t much taste: sense of taste, that is. Does that mean...? Don’t take offence over that hand-prepared softfood you have lovingly developed, but do read Paul Donovan’s article on page 12.
Two weeks ago I stated that all birdkeepers should consider installing “swift bricks” if possible, to support these wonderful wild birds. I feel just as strongly about nests for the house martin: who would not want these lovely brave birds nesting under their eaves? On page 14, Rosemary Low tells the long and happy story of “her” martins.
■ Editor’s Quote of the Week: “Roger Carr, a BBC trustee and a long-time favourite to replace Rona Fairhead as BBC chairman, has ruled himself out of the role, making it known that he has his hands full as chairman of BAE.” (The Guardian.) You see – it just goes to show how far you can go when you begin at the Budgerigar Society.
Have a great week!
In the September 21, 2016, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, from what we know, birds lack the fine gradations of palate enjoyed by other animals – yet, says Paul Donovan, taste still plays a vital role in the survival and evolution of birds
In news, we report that Mid Essex Budgerigar Society (BS) could be one of the UK's most modernised bird clubs, after it launched its own Instagram account live at its open show and Northumbria Police are treating an allotment fire, which killed 60 birds earlier this month, as arson.
As the International Gloster Breeders Association prepares to celebrate its half-century, Norman Wallace talks to the association's chairman Keith Baker about its past achievements, future plans and Keith's own career in Glosters
Dave Brown gets stuck into the zebra finch show season by making a trip up to Wolverhampton over the August Bank Holiday weekend for the Midland ZFC open show
Following on from the August 31 issue, Terry Kelly continues to discuss his show team preparation, including training, spraying and ensuring cages are up to scratch
Plus lots more, including Marketplace, Budgerigar Diary, Webbed Feet and bowerbirds, plus lots more.