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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

Tinkerbell is OK in Taiwan / cricket drinks water

Yesterday afternoon, I called the Yu family in Taiwan. This is still
the Chinese New Year period where traditionally, you visit your relatives
and friends. If I am in Taiwan even if separated by hundreds of kilometers
from Yu, I would have taken train or plane to visit them. If I lived there,
of course, Tinkerbell would have been reunited and living with me and Joy.

That was the first time I spoke to Mr Yu since I left them in mid July last year after a month visit to Taiwan just to be with my Tinkerbell again.

Since mid July, there had been 3 strong possibilities that I be back in Taiwan and working there. With that tension of nearly getting to be there again, it was difficult for me to call Yu earlier. Then with the poignant sadness of seeing that fell through, it was even more difficult to call and talk to Yu.

Yu was delighted that I called and he told me I was missed by his family and all the friends. He understood also why I found it difficult to call him earlier. He told me Tinkerbell is fine. But he had not taken Tink out for some time now.

I wanted to ask more on Tinkerbell, but found it difficult to ask him. In fact, I did not ask on her at all. But I guess Mr Yu knew and talked about her. Perhaps I may need to make another visit to see my little girl again.


This morning YS was singing powerfully as I woke up. After the usual rituals with Ivan, YS was let in. Since I knew he was left a bit of MM for breakfast, I was not too concerned as I had my breakfast and procrastinated.

Eventually , at 930am, the weighing was done. The MM was at 37.9 or .3 less. Fresh MM was given to 38,4 gm. YS was at 31.9 gm. I kind of expected he would be heavy as je was 33.9 yesterday evening. The milli was at 22.8 gm. No suri today as last night was taken up with going through the many recordings on my wife laptop and selecting a few to be emailed to my PC for all those uploadings and incorporation into webpages. No more crickets were left. I decided to install a watering point into the smb3 cum cricket box. Internet told me crickets needed water but I thought the mash should have enough water in them. Apparently that was not enough. Never seen dead crickets though. But I guess the millis and suris taken care of all those crickets that keeled over.

So after the weighing, our exercises started with short recalls. The response from YS was superb even though he was at 31.9 gm. Then when I walked to the door for intermediate recalls, YS flew and hover in pace with me and waited till I raised my hand to land on. That was nice to me. It was obvious with his present weight, he was not doing that because he was hungry and wanted to get to his millis quickly. After he was told to fly back to the fan (and thrown off my finger to underline that), he stayed there , nicely waited till he was called, flew over and got his click and treat, and flew back without any fuss.

The distant recalls to me at the kitchen door were also carried out without fuss. Then the backrubs and BS on his back before I decided to take a break and had more coffee and ciggie.

I had some thinking on whether to take his weight down. I am not taking his weight down for him to be more obediant to me. Heck! I find it difficult on myself to treat a friend that way. And in any case, he was more attentive and gave better response with his weight at around 32.0 gm morning weight.

I was worried for his long term health if I allowed him to be heavier than what is quoted as the normal range of 28-32 gm. I did have so much millis even if I did not have suris ready that morning.

I then went to the PC room to stay in touch with the bird groups and to let them know of the second upload of songs. I could hear YS in the living room. Then he flew to the kitchen and called to me from there. I went over , gave him a couple of millis for his recalls and left him there.

In time, I heard the rush of his wings and knew he was behind me on the fan in the PC room. Did some recalls and gave him more back rubs and head rubs. I angled my finger deeper beneath his wings with the HIMB technique.

On being left alone, he then flew to the bedroom. I saw him admiring himself in the mirror. Shamas are just so territorial. YS must have known that was himself in the mirror, or he would have gone into territorial mode.

He was exploring here and there, going back to the kitchen to call me, and then coming back to the PC room when I did not respond.

At 12 30 pm, he was at 32.5 gm. The milli at 19.8 gm and the MM was at 38.2 that I then topped up to 38.6 gm.

Ivan was howling away as he knew it was time for switchover. So YS remained in flight area and Ivan released.

I went for lunch and for the gym. And bought more crickets. After the crickets were released into the smb 3, it was interesting to see the crickets smelling the water and gathered at the small tea cup to drink and drink. Only then did they go for their mash that I made. I think this batch of cricket will last longer than before.

At 6 pm, the MM was at 38.0 that I then topped up to 38.3 gm. The milli was at 18.4 gm. YS was at 33.9 gm


Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .



If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.

Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust


or to WWF or other conservation bodies of your choice

MM - mixed mash , from YSM 60%, Claus (food for insectivore birds)
20% and Sinlin 20% (local commercial food for shama)

YSM - Read "making of Yingshiong mash"

suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"

milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""

Yingshiong songs are in

She made more toys and took photos of those new toys for YS and the way YS was playing with them.

You can see that in folders

Yingshiong beady toys


The descriptions and captions of those photos will be lost if you use the slideshow, so it may be better if you see those photos one at a time.

If you liked the photos of Tinkerbell and Taiwan, most of those photos were taken by Joy with my camera.

For even more photos ot Tinkerbell and Taiwan, you should check out Joy's other folders in


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