OUR PROFILE OF zebra finch maestro Peter Harrison in our UK Top 25 special (December 21/28) contained an inadvertant error which I must correct. We stated that Peter had won best zebra finch at the former National Exhibition on 17 occasions.
In fact, Peter’s 17 includes both the “old” and “new” (Stafford) versions of the National. (It is, therefore, very much “17 and counting”.) The record of 17 wins at the former National alone – which will now stand for all time – is held by Jim Addison, who I’m delighted to say this week has contributed a masterful overview of his time in the fancy (see page 12.) Please also note that our photo of Peter captioned “Scottish ZFS” should have read “Scottish & Northern Counties ZFS”. Thanks to readers for pointing this out.
■ Talking of the UK Top 25 special, here are the answers to the Top Fancier Photo Quiz: 1. Phil Warne. 2. Nick Barrett. 3. Denis Glasby. 4. George Lynch. 5. Fred Wright (of Burbage). 6. Cyril Rogers, William Watmough and Jack Rowbottom. 7. Bernard Howlett. There was going to be a surprise prize for the winner, but seeing as nobody’s won, I’ve just eaten it myself.
■ Going to the Newark show? Don’t get caught out – if you didn’t already know, the organisers have put the date back to April 9, as a bird-flu precaution. See News “In Brief”, page 2, and advert, page 13, for details.
■ On page 10 this week, Dave Brown considers the pros and cons of Facebook groups. (As the founder of two such groups, Dave is well qualified to pronounce.) There’s nothing online to beat a good live event, says he. Interesting how the recent history of music and comedy bears this out: having watched the YouTube video and downloaded the MP3, audiences have decided they still want to pay to see their favourite band or stand-up in the flesh. More evidence that there’s life in the old exhibition scene yet!
■ Editor’s Quote of the Week #1: “Chickens also possess a simple form of empathy called emotional contagion.” (A scientist, page 4.) Boffins, eh? Where would we be without them? Bless... ■ #2: “Bred to Roll.” (Ad for Birmingham roller pigeons, page 25.) Rock on!
■ Off to the World Show? Good idea, it’s a darn sight warmer in Almeria than England as I write! Have a great time – but wherever you are, enjoy your birds this week.
In the January 18, 2017, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, deep in the heart of woodland, in the most picturesque part of the East Midlands, lies the Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre, a paradise for those who love these fierce and beautiful birds. Staff member Jan Taylor describes what it's like to work with these fantastic creatures every day. Words: Susie Kearley
In news, we report that ten years after being shut away, Mid Ulster Border FCC's show staging has had a new lease of life and more than 1,000 "new" bird species have been recognised after scientists completed the most exhaustive illustrated avian guide ever compiled.
In the first of three articles on keeping Bengalese finches, aimed at beginners, John Ward offers a simple appraisal of the classes involved when showing, before moving on to cover these birds' feeding requirements in more detail
In the first of two articles Rosemary Low calls for keepers to show more initative on diet. Though writing primarily with psittacines in mind, the principles apply to most birds
Zebra finch legend Jim Addison offers a masterly overview of how the cage bird fancy has developed during his lifetime
Plus lots more, including Budgerigar Diary, 60-Second Interview, Gail Harland's Waterbirds and Companion Parrots, plus lots more.