Editor’s Letter

  • Editor’s letter January 17

    Editor’s letter January 17

    16th January 2018

    MY BROTHER IS a resolute follower of local-league football, of which there is an inexhaustible diversity across the Midlands where he lives. On one occasion he attended a particular club’s home fixture for the first time. In the stands (or stand),…

  • Editor’s letter January 10

    Editor’s letter January 10

    9th January 2018

    LOOKING BACK, LOOKING forward: it’s time for both in this first “full” Cage & Aviary Birds of 2018. When I do look both ways, what strikes me is the constant amazing kaleidoscopic variety that we experience in the bird world.…

  • Editor’s letter December 27/January 3

    Editor’s letter December 27/January 3

    2nd January 2018

    FANCIERS TEND TO have other hobbies and often collect cars, trains, dolls, model soldiers, aeroplanes and so on.” That’s what Cyril “Not My Real Name” Haylett says on page 10, and he’s got me thinking. In my experience yes, many…

  • Editor’s letter December 20 2017

    Editor’s letter December 20 2017

    18th December 2017

    OUR COVER BIRD this week is the guira cuckoo (Guira guira), a batty-looking softbill that might have stepped straight out of a Quentin Blake cartoon. This is a cheery, companionable cuckoo, not like our furtive loner, and it lives in…

  • Editor’s letter December 13 2017

    Editor’s letter December 13 2017

    11th December 2017

    A SOUR BACKGROUND NOTE for many in the fancy this year has been the awareness that some of our fellow birdkeepers have been engaged in legal struggles – not against thieves or law-breaking antis but, almost unbelievably, against one another.…

  • Editor’s letter December 6 2017

    Editor’s letter December 6 2017

    6th December 2017

    THE SECOND-EVER LONDON & South East Bird Show & Sale at Maidstone has been and gone: a crisp November morning certainly didn’t put visitors off! A big THANK YOU to the stallholders, buyers, visitors, stewards, judges and exhibitors, who together…

  • Editor’s letter November 29 2017

    Editor’s letter November 29 2017

    27th November 2017

    THIS WEEK I chatted to Desi Milpacher at the World Parrot Trust (WPT) to follow up on its relief-fund appeal for wild Puerto Rican Amazons (Amazona vittata). In the October 25 issue, we reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria…

  • Editor’s Letter November 22 2017

    Editor’s Letter November 22 2017

    22nd November 2017

    THERE ARE THREE softbill species that encapsulate, for many bird enthusiasts in grey old Britain, the sun and azure skies of the Mediterranean: the bee-eater, the roller and the hoopoe. Apart from the jay, with its pink and blue bits,…

  • Editor’s Letter November 15 2017

    Editor’s Letter November 15 2017

    15th November 2017

    TWO FAVOURITE SPECIES feature in our pages this week. Bill Naylor takes the rufous-bellied niltava as his theme on page 14. This pretty little softbill (niltava is simply the Nepali word for this species; the equivalent’s true for minla and…

  • Editor’s letter November 8 2017

    Editor’s letter November 8 2017

    8th November 2017

    TWO COMMITTED BUDGERIGAR showmen – one highly experienced, the other a recent returnee to the hobby – report this week on their experience at the recent BS Club Show, one of the great exhibition events staged in the UK. It’s…