Yingshiong songs are in
At 945am, the MM was at 38.0 gm or drop of .3 gm this morning. YS was at 31.6 gm. The milli was at 22.5 gm and the suri at 71.2 gm. I decided not to give crickets today.
Then we did the short recalls with YS giving immediate response. As I walked to the door for the intermediate, YS flew alongside of me and shot ahead to land on the mesh covering the main door. He turned his head to look at me. I raised my hand and gave the recall. He did not come to me. He flew up from the mesh to top of the door, looked down at me and flew back to the fan. I gave another recall cue to have him flying past me to land on the mesh and taking off again back to the fan. It was like he was playing with me. Almost as if he was telling me he knew I was calling him but he chosed to play instead with me, flying almost as in recall but not quite as recall. While that could not be said to be good training, what he did touched me far beyond the normal recall.
I then walked to the kitchen door for far recalls. Ironically, he performed flawlessly, taking off from the fan and flying like a dolphin weaving up and down and landing on my hand for the milli. I then tossed him back to the fan and did that a couple more times. Except after he flew to me, he chose to go to the top of a nearby chair for recalls.
We then went to the fan perch to do head and back rubs. I did not try to get my finger under his wings. But this time, I exerted more pressure on his back causing him to bend his legs slightly.
He was then left there as I walked to the PC room and called him. I head him at the dining area and called again for him to fly into the PC room landing on the fan. All hide and seek recalls automatically got him suris as rewards.
My wife Joy finally figured out the MP3 player and how to use that for recording.
YS was on the fan and as I was twirling my finger under his beak and he was playing step up 'king of the mountain' on that finger. He was calling very softly.
Joy was holding the Creative Muvo Slim near him to record his very soft singing.
After she explained to me how to use that, I became very interested. I got him to step on my finger to walk him out to the living room. Thats where he normally did his loud territorial singing and soft singing as well.
I sat on the sofa watching the news while waiting for him to start. He started on his soft singing. So I turned off the TV sound to record him. But everytime I turned the TV sound off, he went silent. Then eventually he began to sing. Then evertime I walked over to him, he went silent. In the end, I had to record sitting on the sofa with him softly singing 15 feet away.
My wife's laptop was new and fully functional unlike my crippled PC with no sound. Those recordings were played back there. YS flew in to listen to those recordings. He remained silent to his songs. Then a snippet of his territorial song was played. The very soft songs were recorded close to him so that sounded louder unlike the soft and territorial singing that was recorded far away. But there was something in the territorial singing. When the territorial singing was played, he immediately responded vigorously to challenge that territorial singing recorded earlier. Of course, I happily record his territorial singing.
There were many nuances of singing that was not recorded, his experimental vocalization that I talked about. He chose not to go to his very rich mode.
Among all those singing, I had the shock of my life. Meows were heard and I immediately turned my head to the door aghast that Ivan had escaped from his room and stalking YS. Then I realised the meows were done by YS. That was the first time I heard that from him. He imitated so accurately the harmonics of the meow that it sounded exactly like Ivan. Then when I was ready to record that, YS did not meow. Then when I was not ready, he would do 3-4 meows in quick succession before going into his singing. It was not an imitation of Ivan. YS meow sounded EXACTLY like Ivan. It was so exact that it was frightening.
Yingshiong songs are in
At 1230 pm, YS was at 32.3 and the milli at 20.6 and suris at 70.8
At 3 pm, YS was at 32.4 with millis at 19.7 and suris at 70.3'
We had to go out soon for Chinese New Year dinner at a frriend's place. Of course, my old friend CM and family were there too.
So 4 pm, YS was weighed at 32.7 gm and the millis still at 19.7 and suris at 70.0. I also measured in fresh MM at 38.8 before we left the house.
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""