Five Azure Winged Magpies were bred in total. This was not apparent until I caught them up for ringing and sexing, as I had only ever counted four! All babies are fully independent.
Four White Tailed Jays left the nest but one was dead on the floor soon after. However, the other three have grown well and are independent.
Four pairs of Purple Glossy Starlings all nested. Those losing their early nests, nested again, those whose nest was successful first time didn't. A total of six were finally reared to independence. These being from four different pairs gives me a good gene pool for future breeding.


Update 10th August:
White Tailed Jays: The four young are progressing nicely. Very pleased !!
Purple Glossy Starlings: Four chickes fledged from nests 5 & 6 and three survived.
Azure Winged Magpies:Four young are now to be seen feeding themselves. Today I spotted an adult sat at another nestsite. Eggs again?
European Jays: The young were found dead two days after ringing ...... the brithish bird laws make life so difficult :>(


Update 26th July:
White Tailed Jays: I am still counting four young moving about the aviary :>)
Purple Glossy Starlings: Nest number 7 has eggs :>)
..... Nests 5 & 6 contain 1 chick and the other 3 chicks :>)
Azure Winged Magpies: I counted four newly fledged young :>)
European Jays: Two young in nest. I have attempted to ring them.

Update 15th July:
Purple Glossy Starling: The parent reared baby is to be seen flying with the parents.

White Tailed Jays: I have now counted a total of four fledged, though some look quite small.

Update 14th July.
White Tailed Jays:

Another two baby Jays were seen out of the nest :>)

Update 12th July:
White Tailed Jays: A baby has fledged :>)

Update 7th July:

Kookaburras: The eggs were infertile :>(
Purple Glossy Starlings: The baby from the early nests did not survive :>(
Nests 3 & 4 have both hatched young. there is three in one and a single chick in the other.
Both of teh early nesting pairs have laid again so I have nest number 5 & 6 :>)
European Jay: They have 5 eggs but are just on the bare wicker in the basket.
White Tailed Jays: One baby was noticed dead near the door so I checked the nest with a mirror, yes, there are more young in there :>)
Azure Winged Magpies: There are young in the nest :>)

Update 22nd June:

Kookaburras: The hen is still incubating three eggs but I was unable to determine whether they were fertile.
Purple Glossy Starlings: Nests one and two have only managed to get one youngster between them to 'pin feather' stage. This has been removed for hand rearing.
Nests three and four have both hatched. Both of these pairs have not nested before.
European Jay: Expecting to find a yoingster ready to tremove for hand rearing I was dissappointed to find no young but another clutch of eggs again.
White Tailed Jays: These have young in the nest, and attack me if I enter the aviary.
Azure Winged Magpies: These now have a large clutch of eggs again.

Update: 13th June:
Kookaburras: They have three eggs :>)
Purple Glossy Starlings: The first two nests have young. One in first one and two in second.
European Jay: The nest contains one youngster.

Update 5th June:
The fourth and final pair have laid their first egg.

Update 3rd June:

Purple Glossy Starlings:
A third pair have now laid eggs.

Update 29th May:

Black Throated Magpie Jays:
A broken egg is on the floor. There seems to be no nest built and the male attacks me violently if I even approach the aviary. It is progress of a sort.

Update 28th May:

White Tailed Jays: There is a nest of eggs.

Kookaburras: The hen was missing - it is presumed she is preparing nestbox. The male has been back and for regularlyUpdate 26th May.

Purple Glossy Starlings: Two pairs now have eggs.

Azure Winged Magpies: Still two eggs in nest, but no way of knowing if they are the same eggs.Update 20th May:

European Jays. A nest contains 5 eggs.

Update May 14th:

Azure Winged Magpies . Disappointment to find just two eggs in nest which is less than last time I looked. Difficult to know whether they have hatched and been rejected or the other pair are egg stealing. Still early days yet.

Purple Glossy Starlings. Three substantial nests are ready for eggs, but not yet.Update May 2nd 2009.
An open fronted nestbox in the Azure Winged Magpie aviary contains eggs.

Update May 1st 2009.

Several Species are carrying materials.


Parrots and Parakeets 2009


Summary: All 6 pairs of Senegals bred as well as one pair of Tmneh Greys.

Update 26th July.

The three baby Timnehs are now fully feathered.

Update 7th July:
The three baby Timnehs are doing well and are at pin feather stage.

Update 22nd June:

Whilst the second pair of Timneh Eggs failed to hatch, Pair one reared well and the young have been removed to complete their rearing process by hand.

Update 13th June: The Timneh pair have three babies.

Update June 3rd.

Timneh Parrots.
There are young in the nestbox.

Senegal Parrots:
Another 'parent reared' baby fledged.

Update May 14th.

Second pair of Timneh Parrots have laid eggs.

Update 1st May 2009 ........

Senegal Parrots.
All my pairs have nested this year.

Timneh Parrots:
I have one pair on eggs :>)

Golden Mantled Rosellas:
The pair is on eggs :>)

I have two pairs on eggs :>)


Finches and Doves 2009


Summary: Highilght of the year was breeding the Orange Bishop Weavers. I thought I had two fledge late August, whereas it was in fact three. Furthermore, the hen went on to lay again and another baby flledged later bringing the number bred to four. They were were rung with numbered plastic rings, but this they soon managed to shed these :>(.

Update 23rd August

Two babies have fledged :>)

Update 20th August:

There is more than one baby in the weaver nest in pin feather stage :>)

Update 10th August:

To my surprise there are babies in the Weaver nest :>)
I have supplied seeding grasses, livefood, softbill mix and everything else I feed in the hope they will feed the young ...... watch this space !!!

Update 28th July.

The Weaver pair have laid again ... 2 eggs
Two more nests with young were found in the flight .... one is Canary, the other I think is Hecks again.

Update 26th July.

The Weaver eggs did not hatch :>(
An escaped pair of Zebra Finches are successfully rearing young loose in the bird house.

Update 8th July:
I observed a weaver hen leaving the nest with the blue eggs. A male Orange Bishop seems to be the dominant male in this area.

Update 7th July:

Some small white eggs are in one nest which I presume are Silverbills.
Another weaver nest contains some bright blue eggs - can these possibly be from the hen weaver?
Hecks Grassfinch: Another baby has fledged.

Diamond Doves: I noted five babies fledged the same day from various nests.

Update 8th June:

Hecks Grassfinches: The first baby has fledged.

Update 26th May:

Hecks Grassfinches: The baby is still in the nest but they have built and laid in a second nest.

Update 14th May 2009.

The first of the canary eggs has hatched.
Another nest seems to have infertile eggs.

Hecks Grassfinches. I can spot a newly hatched baby.

Australian Crested Doves:
I can assume these are now infertile.

Update 1st May 2009.
Australian Crested Doves:
These are on eggs :>)

I can spot three nests in the colony.

Hecks Grassfinches:
A domed nest contains three eggs.

Diamond Doves:
Nests everywhere as usual ...

Diamond Firetail - Non Breeder