Editor’s Letter

  • Editor’s letter

    Editor’s letter

    14th November 2018

    What a treat, the other weekend, to hop on a bus and visit an actual show. Round my way – Staines – it’s pretty much scorched earth as far as exhibiting clubs go, so I snapped up the chance to…

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    Editor’s letter

    7th November 2018

    FEW BIRDS, GOING about their normal business, are more fun to watch than the treecreeper, and I can’t think of anything more delightful than to watch a pair bring off a brood in a well-appointed aviary. In Bill Naylor’s typically…

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    Editor’s letter

    1st November 2018

    OUR COVER BIRD this week, the mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus), was selected for two reasons. First, I’m a sucker for those superb New World quail and rate them the best gamebirds, pound for pound, on the circuit. Second, this species…

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    Editor’s Letter

    26th October 2018

    I HAVE YET to see a fieldfare in aviculture, so it was a great pleasure to read Don Turner’s article this week (page 12), describing his first, absorbing attempt to breed this species. I’d have to agree with him: this is…

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    Editor’s letter

    16th October 2018

    THE NEWCASTLE DISEASE (ND) virus, states the European Commission, is spread mainly via direct contact between healthy birds and the bodily emissions – typically faeces – of infected ones. A lesser threat results from its indirect transmission via people, vehicles,…

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    Editor’s letter

    11th October 2018

    RIGHT AFTER THE news that LCA chairman John Martin had resigned, we learned that the LCA’s annual showpiece, the 2018 “Classic”, had been cancelled. (See News, page 2.) Those events have put a blight on our week. In the news…

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    Editor’s letter

    3rd October 2018

    SOME INTERESTING IDEAS are being floated about the public recognition of achievements in birdkeeping, whether it’s for first UK breedings, administrative work, rosette league tables, or what have you. David Alderton last week and Mr Edgecombe (left) have both also mentioned…

  • Editor’s Letter

    Editor’s Letter

    25th September 2018

    ONE THING I love about this job is that when Bill Naylor sends in one of his in-depth species profiles, I know I’m going to learn something. This week Bill’s discussing dippers (see page 14); birds I’d say I was…

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    Editor’s Letter

    20th September 2018

    JOHN MOSS’S LETTER (below, left) confirms what I’ve seen: the world of online bird sales can be murky territory. What Mr Moss is saying follows from the transition from the traditional local markets for exchange/purchase of birds, to nationwide or…

  • Editor’s Letter

    Editor’s Letter

    14th September 2018

    SO THERE’S AN extra lot of pages in this Cage & Aviary Birds, and (as I write) I don’t mind admitting I’ll breathe easier when it’s gone off to the printers. We have hugely enjoyed putting this special issue together.…