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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

YS mash // Got that full hide and seek recall even if just once

I got back to that old rythmn. Open the sliding door (of course, after incarcerating Ivan) and just let YS flew inside and then I get my breakfast and ate it. I discarded the backrubs on the cage door perch or on the fan prior to my getting breakfast. I just want to enjoy time with YS for the next few days.

But YS wanted the training, or the millis and he kept taking off from the fan and landing behind me, and then flying off in a straight line from right over my head and hitting the glass pane on the cabinet top above the TV, then slidding down the glass before hovering and turning to get back on the fan. He would fly in a line that bisected my vision. If I turned my head slightly to the left, he would fly slightly to the left right in the middle of my vision. If my head turned slightly to the right, then his flight was slightly to the right. I recognised this as a clear signal to me that dammit! start that training. I did a recall to mollified him with instantaneous response so he could get a couple of millis.

Then I did the weighing at 915 am.

The pure YingShiong Mash, YSM , was at 380 with drop of .4 gm // YS at 31.7 // millis at 22.4 // suris at 72.4 (as harvested from the traps later)

I was very happy that he practically finised the YSM.

Then short recalls were done and carried out by a very alert YS. He preempted me by hovering and following me until I walked to the door and then came to recall when cued. He was thrown back to the fan and a series of proper intermediate recalls done. He waited nicely on top of cabinet until I walked to kitchen door and did the recalls.

While I had my next cuppa coffee, he flew into the kitchen. That was fine with me as I could harvest the suris. Nice surprise to see loads of suris in that trap in the cricket/smb3 box. I harvested what I thought I needed and tossed the rest back into the smb3.

Loaded with suris and millis, I went into the PC room. YS flew out and landed on the back of a chair to see me taking the goodies.

I tried for a complete hide n seek recall. It was gratifying to get him to do a fure h n s recall, even if he took about 1 minute with my calling of his name, telling him to 'come here!' and telling him ' suri, suriiii i i ' to respond to my recall. It was so nice to hear his wings whirling as he took off from the dining area chair, and then, he appeared at the PC room doorway, hovered there briefly, and then flew to my hand. He got suris. Followed by millis for that landmark hide n seek recall. He flew two 90 degree turns into the PC room. We then did a few simple recalls and I gave him a backrub.

Encouraged by that, I left the PC room to initiate 1/2 hs recall with me behind the door and out of site. Maybe I should try longer, but I really just wanted to enjoy his company and I was not that focused on the training. So I stuck my hand past that door and in sight of him and got my 1/4 recall, which was repeated again.

With him on the PC room fan perch, I walked out to the sofa and hoped to get another full hs recall.

I called 'Yingshiong !'

And he called back 'chair chair chair'

'Come here!'

'chair chair chair'

'Yingshiong !'

'chair chair chair'

'Come here!'

'chair chair chair'

'Ying shiiiooooonnnnnggg !'

'chair chair chair chaaaiiiirrrr'

'Come heeeeeeeeeeaaarr'

'chair chair chair chaaaiiiirrrr'

'Yingshiong !'

'chair chair chair'

'Come here!'

'chair chair chair'

I felt he was not coming. As a good trainer I should have continued calling till he came. As a bad trainer, and as I wanted to enjoy his company, I walked back sight of him and called. He came immediately and got his millis. With him on my finger, I walked out back to the hall with him all the time on the finger.

I did a few short recalls with him on the fan by the TV. My wife saw that and asked and was given the milli box. As she walked to him, he picked up and stood upright. As my wife got nearer, he took off and flew back onto his cage door perch. As Joy went in, YS turned his back on her, mooned her and flew into the cage. He was not coming out.

I told Joy to sit on the armchair to give him space. He then hopped out and onto the cage door perch. Joy tried to do recalls but YS remained as if frozen on the perch. Then I called, and YS igorning the open milli box, flew to me. He stood on my finger for a while, and as no millis or suris were given, flew back to the fan.

Joy told me that YS was horrid to her only when I was around. When I was windsuring up in Kuantan and Joy looked after YS by herself, YS would feed from the milli box from my wife. But if I was around , YS would ignore her.

That was most interestingly like Tinkerbell. Tink would be ok with my wife and tolerate her when I was not around. But if I got back from work , Tinkerbell would ignore my wife, or horrid to her, or a combination.

At 12 pm, YS was at 32.3 // milli at 20.5 // suri at 71.7

YS was liberated again at 230 pm

After a period of being ignored by me as I watched the TV, he showed his displeasure by those overhead flights and banging lightly on the glass of the cabinet, in flights that bisected my area of view.

He got the recalls which he responded to with precision, from locking his vision on me with his name called, and taking off when I told him to come!

His treats alternate with millis and suris.

At times, I initiate the play/lessons with long recalls first. No problem from YS at all.

Then he might just flew off to the kitchen or bedroom where he did his own things. Then he reappeared in front of me with overhead flights that told me time to play with him.

I was going out for dinner with my A level class of 69 from ACS at Carlton hotel. Krishna Kumar, my classmate from primary school died a tragic death because a brain dead idiot reversed his SUV at high speed without looking and snuffing out a wonderful guy. We still had 3 bottles of good Burgundy that he left us with that we had to finish. He ordered 19 bottles for class reunion and that shipment came in after he died. His parents were good enough to contact the follow up ring leader NWM to offer that to the class

So at 545 pm the last weighing was done.

YS at 32.9 // milli at 18.7 // suri finished at 69.9

Trap was placed for suris in smb1. I saw big gravid succulent suris in the trap when I got back. YS will be pleased tomorrow as they will go to him. Later, it will be clear to you as to why I am feeding big succulent gravid suris to YS.

YSM was measured at 38.4 and placed into the cage for breakfast.


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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