ולדוברי האנגלית שבינינו,
ניתן להצטרף לחוויה הלימודית בפורומים הבאים ביאהו:
God, everything went wrong in 2006. The breeding season was
disaster in many parts of the world. Many caged birds that usually
breed early in the spring did not this year, many bird fanciers
lamented that some birds did not get in breeding condition until
August? The wild birds in their natural habitat in many areas showed
no signs of production of youngsters. In my areas where in the past
year I would have seen young Robins, young Cardinals, young English
Sparrows, and other birds, this year nothing. As I mentioned in
previous postings, I traveled in many areas of Europe, I have seen no
trace of youngsters. Every year in the past it was a great joy for
me to see numerous European Goldfinch youngsters and other species
flying in groups in open fields feeding on seeding weeds and seeding
grasses. In 2006, I only saw a couple English Sparrows scavenging
around in many cities feeding on discarded human food. I remember in
Venice, Italy, where wild pigeons were so numerous that they would
perch and poop all over anyone, including me. This year, to the
disappointment of the many tourists that used to enjoy feeding lots
of pigeons, there was so few this year that even the corn venders
lamented of poor business activity.
Tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables this year got a very late
start. My Perilla plants, about 300+ of them, my Bella di Notte, and
other seed producing plants were nice and tender almost in mid
October. Much sunshine was needed to mature the seeds, this has not
happened. Last year the same plants at the beginning of September
were ripe and ready for harvesting. Well, unfortunately, Friday and
Saturday the 13th and 14th of October a nasty frost occurred during
the night and destroyed all my immature seeding plants.
Around October 10th, 11th, and 12th my wife and I were in Warren and
I asked my wife to help me pick up the peppers and tomatoes that
still were on the plants, she said "Well, let them stay a bit more
and they will get more ripe." They got ripe all right. The frost
killed and destroyed everything! This situation has happened in my
estate in Warren, which is about 30 miles from Hillside; the Warren
location has a much higher altitude than the Hillside/Elizabeth
area. There it experiences at least 10-15 degrees colder than it is
in the Hillside/Elizabeth area.
I also have a small garden in Hillside and in Elizabeth, where I
produce greens and vegetables for my birds in my bird room and my
production of bird food. Even though a light frost occurred during
the above dates most plants survived somewhat. The frost didn't have
too much affect on the Kale plants.
In Warren, I have an abundance of newly emerged chickweed greens and
others in my greenhouse, thank God we put it up the greenhouse cover
a couple days earlier before the frost occurred.
Last Saturday, October 14th, I visited the King County show in
Brooklyn; it was a very nice size show. They had almost 600 entries
and lots of birds for sale. The club secretary told me that the
selling birds entry fee earned enough money to pay for the exhibition
hall. Unfortunately, a one-day show is not my cup of tea. I went
over there to view the exhibited birds, but the judging was still
going on around 3:30 pm? No one was allowed in the exhibition area
(I did not see any birds). When the judging was finally over, every
exhibitor rushed to grab their own birds and ran out of the
exhibition hall like venders at a flea market on a rainy day forced
to suddenly grab their things and run. In my opinion in order to
benefit the exhibition and to call it an exhibition, it should be two
days, one to judge and another to view the birds. In order to call
it an exhibition, you must exhibit the birds for everyone to see. If
we put a proper exhibition together, the result can be attracting
lots of new members.
My bird room is pretty cold during this period. The temperature
outside ranges from 40 to 50 degrees, in my bird room the temperature
is about 65 to 68 degrees. The Gouldian Finches during the colder
times spend more time together male and female in the nest box than
they do outside, as I observed it today and yesterday too.
My Green Singer Finches have been procrastinating in starting
seriously their breeding activity. Well, they have nests and nesting
material available in each breeding cage, it is up to them when they
want to do it. We, the bird fancier, cannot alter the birds natural
In another location we have a lot of Budgies and small hook bills,
such as Cockatiels, Australian Parakeets such as Rosellas and a few
other species. Michael told me that the breeding of this small hook
bill is progressing very well. Maybe the breeding of the above
mentioned species is in tune with the weather?
This morning I spoke to my confidante in Italy, they had the
exhibition in Coreggio, Reggio Emilia last Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday. The exhibition was attended by a great number
of bird fanciers from the region. Unfortunately, the exhibition hall
was not big enough to accommodate all the entries that fanciers
wished to exhibit. As a result, a lot of the club members had to
refrain from exhibiting a large number of entries. Don't we all wish
that we had this problem in North America?
Well, this is all the time I have for now. I urge everyone to share
your talents and knowledge with all of us. Let's keep all the groups
active and educational. Remember to support all the exhibitions that
take place in North America and the rest of the world.
In the next few days I must drive to Florida once again to subsidize
a few doctors much needed income. I will try to post from Florida if
my physical condition permits me to do so. Best regards and good
luck to all. Happy and fruitful exhibition season to everyone.
If you are not a member of the following groups, please join and be
part of the learning experience.
G.A. Abbate in cloudy, nasty, cool New Jersey—The Garden State