Newsletter November NEWSLETTER

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Editor - Marion Bryner

What's new at the Aviary?
The outside windows in the cages are closed now so the birds are warm inside for the winter. The only exception is the Budgie cage. Those birds will still have outside access so they can entertain visitors on sunny winter days. The budgies and the cockatiels have been separated because breeding boxes will be up soon in the Cockatiel cage. The Plumheads are sharing with the cockatiels this winter too. Duchess our female Derbyian has a new mate. The male Derbyian is called "Nibbles". He came from Peter Mostart's aviary in trade for Bobby, the Blue & Gold Macaw. Nibbles is presently in the cage across from Duchess so that they can get to know each other. They should be together soon. Our Scarlet Macaws got to spend some of the summer outside but will be returning to the breeding room soon. The Green Wing Macaws produced another egg but once again the female Jenny broke the egg. Too bad, since it was fertile. It did last longer than her previous egg though so maybe she will have better luck next time.

Put Your Birds to Work - Part 2
By Marguerite Floyd
In the last newsletter we listed some suggestions for making our birds contribute to our lives and households. Here are more of Marguerite's suggestions for making your birds useful!


Suspect your mate or best friend is trying to poison you? Birds are natural food tasters. Heaven forbid Petey should take a bad burrito for you, but let's face it, he is more than willing to lay down his life for a chance at your grub. Might as well take advantage of it. For those of you who sport a beard or moustache, nothing beats a bird for cleaning your facial hair of wayward bits of food. Afterward you bird can comb out each strand barbershop neat! Think anesthesia is for sissies? Many parrots also offer mole and freckle removal. Birds are a great boost to the local economy via the vet's office and pet stores, but how about improving your personal economy? Consider training your bird to leave evenly spaced beak marks on the leaves of your houseplants, which you can then sell as rare flora at ridiculously high prices. You have a house full of dark, ancient furniture (sometimes know as "antiques"). A bird can turn it into something useful: decorative toothpicks. Nothing sells on e-Bay like bulk shipments of shredded mahogany or walnut. Those pesky telemarketers who ignore the national "Do Not Call" list can be put right with just one blast of a well-timed parrot screech. If economic times are really bad, put your bird to work stealing jewelry from houseguests. Sure, you might lose a friend or two, but can you help it if your bird likes carats? I mean really, anyone with half a brain knows that to a bird diamond stud earrings are like a neon invitation - Rip me out with your beak! Please! No one should go prancing around wearing gaudy "bling bling" like that to begin with. Teach your bird to palm the loot under a wing until he can meet you for the drop.


The Friends of the Aviary want to say a special thank you to Len of Mr. Appliance Service (637 Barton Street East - 905544-2672) for providing the Aviary with a refrigerator. A refrigerator is a necessity for us and our old one was on its last legs. We are very lucky to have received such a generous donation. Thank you Len.



The end of October proved to be a very busy time for the Aviary, both for the volunteers and for the birds. From October 22 to 31, the birds were showcased at the annual Mum Show at Gage Park in Hamilton. Jerry the African Grey spent the entire time at the show while other birds took their turn for a day or two. Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time to look after the birds and the booth. The Mum Show is always a good chance for us to let the people of Hamilton know more about the Aviary. Thanks to Scott Weaver of the City Parks Department for arranging for the Aviary to have a display at the show. Also at the end of October the second Annual Canadian Parrot Conference was held in Hamilton. Visitors from across Canada and the US came to Hamilton to participate. On Friday October 29 the conference delegates were treated to a tour of the Aviary. Many Aviary volunteers gave their time to help out at the conference and with the tour. Thanks to all of you for showing our visitors what great volunteers we have.



You think your bird is weird, the way he stares for hours at "nothing there". In reality your house is infested with invisible beings and he is trying to protect you. Be grateful, this is one bird who is earning his keep. Yes, birds can enrich our lives in a variety of ways. All we have to do is take advantage of their many, many talents.
Marguerite is a hospital documentation manager but considers her real job to be servant to her three cockatiels and one Brown Headed Parrot. Great suggestions Marguerite!

Our Avian Adopters these past two months include some new and some continuing friends of the Aviary. In September while visiting the Aviary booth at Westitalia Hailey Mills of Burlington adopted a Cockatiel. Welcome to the family Hailey. Margaret Ward of Hamilton is now the proud parent of two Aviary birds. She renewed her adoption of a Galah Cockatoo and this year adopted an Indian Ringneck Parakeet too. The Dundas Learning Centre has also become a "double" adopter. Earlier this year they adopted a Strawberry Finch and in October added Puff the Indian Ringneck to their family. Helen Turner of Hamilton renewed her adoption too, this year choosing a Budgerigar. Helen has adopted her bird in memory of Doreen Radnor. In March Judy Crawley of Hamilton donated a White Dove named Sophia and a Ringneck Dove named Bobo to the Aviary. Judy has now continued her support by adopting both those birds. The Friends of the Aviary is pleased to once again wish Dorothy & Gordon Buckingham of Ancaster a Happy Anniversary. For the fourth year in a row their friend Christel Woodward of Hamilton has adopted Millie our Eclectus Parrot for them as an anniversary gift. Congratulations to Dorothy & Gordon on 63 happy years and many thanks to Christel for her continued support. In October the congregation of Paramount Alliance Church adopted "Flint" our African Grey Timneh after touring the Aviary. Also volunteer Rick Scott became the adoptive parent of "Lady" our Double Yellow Headed Amazon.

Bird Tourists?
A North American Purple Martin was recently spotted in the Hebrides Islands off the northwest coast of Scotland. European bird watchers have been excited by this never before seen sight. Bird experts think that the bird was blown across the Atlantic by recent hurricanes. In the reverse direction, a homing pigeon recently found in Welland, Ontario has been traced to an owner in England. The pigeon was released in France but never returned to its home loft. When found in Ontario its band allowed a local pigeon fancier to trace its owner. The bird is staying in Ontario though since the English owner does not want to pay to have it flown back home!
(Information from the Hamilton Spectator.)

Caroline Fehr has come up with some interesting web sites for this newsletter. Our Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Toby is one of 8 species at risk from poaching. Two sites that have interesting articles about these lovely birds are: 929.D05&irec=12 and id_3641000/3641012.stm There is a funny article about a heavy metal band with an African Grey lead singer at Frank Ketchum is a bird rescuer who is profiled on Lastly our own Hamilton Aviary was recommended in the McMaster Silhouette as a good cheap date. To read Glen MacCauley's article go to

Thanks to all our Aviary parents for their generosity.

Have you seen the great new T-shirts that the Aviary is now selling? Super colours and fantastic pictures of Aviary birds all for the low low price of $15.00, ($10.00 for volunteers). What a bargain! They make great gifts for bird lovers and are perfect souvenirs from the Aviary. Need a unique gift for a bird lover on your Christmas list? What about a T-shirt or an Avian Adoption, or both!! Special thanks to Peter Arcari and Chris White for all their work on the T-shirts. If you would like to order one please sign the list at the Aviary or contact Chris at

Dates to Remember Christmas at the Aviary
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 11:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
Celebrate the Season with the Birds For $6.00 you can have your picture taken with Santa & one of the birds

In Memoriam Donations
This year the Aviary has been the recipient of several generous donations in memory of people who have died. These donations are a wonderful way to honour family or friends who supported the Aviary. Sue Hurst has made up cards that can be placed in funeral homes for the convenience of people who would like to make a memorial donation. If you would like some of these cards they are available in the Aviary office or you can contact Sue. So far this year the Aviary has received donations in memory of:

Fun for the Whole Family OUR BIRDS
Goffins Cockatoo - (Cacatua goffini) The Aviary has two Goffins Cockatoos, Bev & Howard. They are a good breeding pair and have produced three babies in the past few years. They are medium sized (30-cm) birds, white with pink on their lores and some yellow under their wings. The species is from Indonesia and lives for about 50 years in captivity. While breeding the birds produce 2 or 3 eggs which they incubate for 25 days before hatching. Chicks are usually weaned in 10 to 12 weeks.

Hilda Fraser Isaac Nichols Harold Ollerton

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