More YS songs and mimic of Ivan
It was nice to wake up to Yingshiong singing away this morning.
The same old ritual of locking up Ivan. Ivan got used to it and made a dignified entry into his room to be incarcerated. Then YS was let out while I made and had my breakfast.
At 9 am, the weighing was done. MM was measured out at 38.3 gm. YS flew to the scale when called and was at 30.8 gm. The millis were at 23.6 , the suris at 71.2 and the crickets at 29.8 gm.
My wife did rather well the last few days. If only I could use clicker training to train her to get over her phobia on those lovely suris and crickets. Any ideas from you folks to help her will be much appreciated by me and even more appreciated by YS.
We went in to start the short recalls done to perfection for both pure and pure shoulder. The walk to the door for intermediate had YS following me and then hovering just in front of me waiting for my hand to land on for his click and treat. While that was not really good training, and technically YS should be scolded for not waiting for cues, that will be a bloody aweful way to treat a friendly follow from YS. So he got his millis and was thrown back to the fan.
Then a couple of pure recalls were done. Since he was doing so well, I tried an even purer shoulder recall. That was done without the hand signal of slapping my right hand to left shoulder. At call of 'Yingshiong', he snapped his eyes on me. Then at cue of 'come!, he flew to me and I then called out 'shoulder!' and he flew and landed on my shoulder. He got his treat and five millis for that. Which was repeated and repeated.
That was a mistake on my part as he then refused for a while to fly to me on that long recall to kitchen door. I took a break of 10 minutes and he then responded to long pure recalls.
I then decided to introduce him to that body strap, BS, (go read on Tinkerbell harness if you want to know about BS). Short strip of ribbons were cut to about the size required for BS. With YS on the fan, and the milli box to bribe him, my left finger then went to give him back rubs with that BS as well. That BS was dangled over his wings. In a few days, I will try to work that under his wings as well. But today was just to introduce and get him to accept that ribbon. I loved his greed for millis. While he happily gobbered up the millis, I was happily running my finger and BS down his back and along his side.
I then left him to do his thing in the living room while I went to the PC room to continue on that backlog of mails. Then YS flew in to join me. That was kind of cute. My father in law came over to give some stuff to Joy. YS was not used to him, and flew in to find me for comfort. You can understand why the harness will be so important to take YS out. I do not think YS can accept strangers at all if he still could not accept my friend CM and father in law after so many visits.
At 1 pm, YS was at 31.8 gm. The milli was at 21.2 and the suris at 70.6 gm. The MM was at 38.1 and I then topped that to 38.5 gm. YS was back in the flight room and of course, Ivan liberated. A big cricket was given taking the cricket down to 29.0 gm
Then at about 330pm, it was time for change over. Ivan really knew. I gave him the look ' you are going into the slammer'. He walked hurriedly from me, staying out of my reach. He preferred to walk into his room instead of being caught and carried by me and chucked into his room.
So YS had the freedom of the apartment again. We went through those exercises including the backrubs and placing that BS on him before he was allowed to do his thing. He then flew to one of his favourite singing perch on the apartment door.
The last time I recorded was not as good as I wanted. That Creative Nuvo Slim MP3 player was not the best recording device and I was still unsure of the buttons to press. YS took vicarious pleasure in singing when the recorder was off and stopping when I hold it near him. The sofa was about 20 feet away. Anytime I walked nearer to him with the recorder, he stopped. If I had anything else in the hand, he would sing. Some of the higher sounds seemed to be lost in the playback.
I had the Sarawak Sape music of the Dayaks with its trance like music on that YS seemed to like. That music can be heard in the background. The CD sound so much better. But I did say Creative NS was not the best recording device.
What I was happy of was that in some of YS songs, he worked into the songs some of the Ivan meows I last wrote about. Those meows were soft, but Ivan had meows exactly like that.
More YS songs and mimic of Ivan
In 2song-meow, you will hear YS meows at 18 - 20 seconds.
In 2song-meow2, you will hear that at 1.11- 1.18 minute.
Interesting as those meows were, I do hope they are transient and not a permanent part of YS singing. But this can give a clear indication of the shama mimic skills. Maybe YS might even be able to say words at a later stage.
At 6 pm, YS was at 33.9 gm
The milli was at 19.3 or drop of 4.3 gm. The suri was at 69.8 or drop of 1.4 gm. The cricket was at 27.7 or drop of 2.1 gm. The MM was at 38.2 and was left to give him a bit of breakfast.
YS was heavier than I wanted. But heck! after not seeing him a few days, I was happy to spoil him just that bit more today. I am a lousy disciplinarian.
Note: Normal weight range of shama is 28 - 32 grams
from the information below .
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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