EVENTS AND FUN JULY - SEPTEMBER 2005

(8/7) Holliday, finally, we thought it never would happen! To begin with, seven days of travelling around in Sweden visiting bird breeders and friends.


(9-15/7) Now it is a tradition, for the third year in a row we go south to visit friends and watch birds. Even tough this years trip lasted for seven days, the distance was the same 2000 km. We visited eleven sites with birds and nine of them were bird breeders, in the end, we got 900 good pictures. More info about the trip will like last year be published in a separate article. On the picture is a Blue-cheeked Amazon parrot (Amazona d. dufresniana), something we have never seen before.


(18-21/7) Älvkarleby again... However, this time there are five of us, we have a new family member! Below you can read what Fia and the others think about the trip.

To sit inside in the warmth to cuddle is not allowed, instead you must be outside and suffer in the rain…

Well inside, you are so tired by all impressions and water that you only want to sleep.

I got only a short moment together with my favourite human, however he was asleep…


Hi! They call me Gruff, I am six weeks old and when I grow up I will become a male Double Yellow-headed Amazon parrot (Amazona ochrocephala oratrix)

...Talking about big, today my weight is nearly 550 gram and that is more than Gobi who used to be the biggest bird in the family, and I am still growing...

...During daytime I am locked up in this jail, four walls and no food or water! They only let me out four times a day for feeding, some cuddling and exercise. They say I am young and must rest when my body needs that to grow...

...I want to go out and play! There are so many things to explore that I have never seen before. Nevertheless, soon I am big enough to escape from the box by myself no matter what they think…

...And within a year I will take control of the Web page...


(23/7) From this day on, the kitchen sink is not anymore one of the areas counted as "not reachable" for Filuren.


(25/7) This was a busy day, first Chico visited us. She is a Blue fronted Amazon parrot from Umeå way up north in Sweden (640km north of Stockholm).

Later that same day Olivia and Jacko arrived from Kristianstad way down in Sweden (550km south of Stockholm). Olivia is a Red lored Amazon and Chico a Orange winged Amazon parrot.


(1/8) Since one week I have refused to eat, I'm a big parrot and from now on I will only eat REAL food. I'm tired of this sloppy stuff they have provided me since day one. In reality, my struggle to learn to eat real food have affected the whole family, me loosing weight (today 430 g) and the big ones nails (they are biting them) despite the fact that this is normal. However, today I feel more confident and have again started to eat more regularly. Slowly I’m getting the hang of eating pellets. Lingonberries and Blueberries taste lovely; nevertheless the boring hand-rearing food is still the base, but I eat as little as possible of it. In time I will start to grow again...

PS
Since last week I also fly as a real flying ace, I can turn around in cramped areas and land gracefully without problem provided there is something to land on…


(18/8) This is were they want me to sit, sometimes I sit here for quite a while and sometime when no one expects it, I fly somewhere else doing things I am not supposed to do...


(19/8) I still like fruit better than anything else as you can see on this rather good picture of me.

The same can be said about Gobi and Filuren, especially Filuren. They often say that he is a fruit and insect eating bird instead of a parrot.


(20/8) This day our bird club in Uppsala had what we call an open aviary day, meaning that a couple of bird breeders within the club invited us all to see their aviaries. We saw all kinds of birds like Canaries...

And many other small birds like this Chinese nightingale...

Long billed Green Aracari...

Lots and lots of Love birds...

Our favourites Amazon parrots, and among these a new one for us Salvin's Amazon parrot a close relative to Filuren...

Parakeets, here a Regent Parrot. Doves and many other species. In total we saw around a hundred different species when we visited four breeders during the day.


(21/8) At this years last bird meeting outside the Maritime Museum in Stockholm we met Hubba and Kalle again.


(24/8) As you all know, Gobi is sick and his days are counted. The bond between him and Filuren is strong and we do not know how Filuren will handle the day when Gobi dies.


(26/8) This is they day we all will remember as a very sad day, this is the day when Gobi dies. During the night he becomes much worse and we must go to the veterinary to put an end to his life. We miss him so much! He lived with us for four years and he was so full of life despite all the bad things that had happened to him before we rescued him.

A couple of weeks later we got the results from the autopsy and the tissue samples sent in for test. The diagnose said it was cancer in the digestive system, meaning there was nothing we could have done to prevent it or to feel guilty about. This meant also that it is not infectious and will not affect our other birds, finally some good news.


(26-28/8) Gobi died on a Friday, during the weekend we went up to the cottage to mourn. This will take time, this text is written over six weeks after this event and it is still very hard to write about.


(2-4/9) Down to Skåne again for another meeting with the Aviculture society of Sweden. If you compare this picture with the following months, you will see that this is just before we start to moult. This picture also shows Filuren's desperate mission to find a new friend, this is in the very beginning and Fia does not understand why Filuren is trying to bond with her.


(9-11/9) More travelling, once more up to the cottage...

Now and then it happens that Gruff is tired, and then he can be this cute.


(15-23/9) Talking about travelling, this week were we in Norway scuba diving, not we, the big ones...

We were just fooling around in the curtains when we got the chance.


(24-25/9) Late Friday evening were we back from Norway, next morning we set off for Uppsala to show ourselves on a two day exhibition held by our bird club.

The exhibition showing more or less the same selection of birds as the open aviary day in August was a success, we got 296 paying visitors.

The journey continues over October - December.