my jackpot

this is my story of one of the most beautiful little birds iv ever had the pleasure of knowing,

he was brought to us after falling from his nest by a friend who wasnt sure what to do with him

he was only days old and no bigger than a cotton wool ball, we went on the internet to get tips on what to feed him and found that softened dog biscuits were recommened, which he loved

when he fledged his favorite place to sit was on the top of my head were i could walk anywere inside or out with him perched there

when he was grown we used to take him into the yard to see what he would do but he just stayed with us and the yard turned out to be his playground, he would play for hours out there and come back in either on his own or when he was called (yes he did answer to his name)

eventually we got him his own little wooden house and he used to go to bed at 7.30 every night curled up in his little house and we wouldnt see him again till morning

it was like having another child in the house he played constantly he would fight with your hand like it was a rival bird, he would wake you up if you were asleep by pecking your eyelids (which was actually quite painful but i dont think he realised) he was tamer than any pet bird we had ever owned and we loved him dearly…

we spent many happy days with our little jackpot and everyone loved him, it was xmas day when he died and we were devastated, we think we give him a good life allbeit a very different one to the one he should have had and he certainly brightened up ours….love and still miss you jackpot

there are 2 photos of him to share with you so you can see how beautiful he was…..

our beautiful little jackpot a couple of days old

fully grown and georgous

Comments

28 Jun, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Aw Gill what a wonderful story - there may be those who feel nature should takes its course but you rescued this little fella and many birds do not make it through human care.

Being so young must ve imprinted on you and surprised he went to bed without you ..his life was certainly enriched and extended by your care and he surely enjoyed your attention.

28 Jun, 2010
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sixpence said:

Wonderful blog thank you for sharing this wonderful story, he was very cute.

28 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Jackpot...he certainly hit that when you found him. One of the most heart warming things I have ever read of.You gave him the time of his life.....how long did he live Gill?

28 Jun, 2010
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david said:

He was a real stunner, Gill. You did so well with him, and what wonderful memories to have.

29 Jun, 2010
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gillblair said:

only a year and a half jane, i know he had a different life but he was happy, cheeky, spoilt and a real little character, and even though we still feel his loss now some things are worth the pain....

29 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Couldnt agree more Gill....and their average age in the wild is little more than that,so you gave him a safe,stress-free haven where he flourished. You will never forget him.

29 Jun, 2010
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aster said:

Lovely story Gill,you gave him life different or not :) He was happy.

30 Jun, 2010
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gillblair said:

thanks everyone, some people couldnt understand how devastated we were, after all he was just a bird... glad i could share this with likeminded people and bird lovers....

30 Jun, 2010
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gillblair said:

oh by the way..... has anyone else ever seen another bluetit without a yellow chest, because we have never seen another like him....male and female are identical...

1 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

Never Gill...so he was truly unique...bless.......

1 Jul, 2010
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gillblair said:

thanks jane, always knew he was special...

1 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

:o)

1 Jul, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Oh how lovely! I did enjoy that. I needed cheering up as I have spent an entire evening trying to put up a new blog about Jesse and Cully (the kestrel) only to have the photos elongated miles apart in the last effort, so I had to cancel it. I really don't know what went wrong other than that I am tired after a long drive home (almost 250 miles) having had another treatment session early this morning. My poor husband, chauffeur, carer, beloved partner had to wait for his dinner, which he enjoyed, only to have me disappear again to sit before my computer oblivious to the world around. He has often rescued birds in the past and has a wonderful rapport with them. He would love reading about your dear little jackpot but I can't go and wake him up tonight - can I? 23:15 No, I'll leave it until the morning.
Hope you have more opportunities to tell us about your experiences with birds.

2 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

Oh Lyn....all that travelling and then trying to write a blog !!! Hope you are rested today....left you a messsage on your blog.......

2 Jul, 2010
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gillblair said:

thanks simplylyn im glad you enjoyed my story, hope your husband does too, have hand reared many birds over the years with quite a lot of success even scooped a couple of baby pigeons out of the river mersey once that fell from a nest under the bridge, always released them when they were ready, but jackpot decided to stay and we were happy to have him.......

6 Jul, 2010
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lincslass said:

Really lovely blog and a wonderful experience for you,.....

7 Jul, 2010
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gillblair said:

thanks lincslass, even though losing him broke our hearts, were just happy we had the chance to have him for a short time...

8 Aug, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Hi Gill was reading up about blue tits feeding habits - well beats telly any day - and read that the birds with the brightest yellow chests are regarded as best breeding partners and good food providers.

This yellow is derived from carotene in green and yellow caterpillars.This may explain why he had a white chest as doubt you would be able to catch quite so many for him.

Thought this might answer his colouring .

9 Aug, 2010
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gillblair said:

it could be right ..dont think he ever ate a caterpillar....thanks for taken the time to find that out for me bb...

9 Aug, 2010
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aster said:

That's interesting BB,the early bird catches the caterpillar,and the partner ! :)

12 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Just an update Gill ..wonder if you caught Thursdays Autumnwatch on TV? They spoke at length about this colouring and also about the Trichomoniasis affecting Greenfinches which Aster first mentioned a while ago...

Keep up BBC .. heard on Ispyabird first lol

12 Nov, 2010
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gillblair said:

watched most of it bb...seen the bit about the greenfinches, missed the bit about the bluetits colouring did it mention about any not having a yellow chest like jackpot?

12 Nov, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Didnt mention lack of colouring to Jackpots extent Gill .. as obviously most fledglings in the wild are fed enough to give them some chest colouring.

You can submit pics through the Autumnwatch site .. sure they would be fascinated to see the affects of this lack of carotene .The same piece also discussed the width of the chest band on Great Tits ie the wider the fitter and therefore a good food provider.

13 Nov, 2010
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gillblair said:

thanks bb... might put jackpots pic on just before programme comes on next week and see if i can write a few lines to explain... and see if they show it or reply,

31 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

have just found your blog thanks to a comment by BB....what a privilege to read it and share your time with Jackpot......How fantastic to have been able to rear this little bird....it was meant to be that he was taken to you and you gave him a wonderful life....an uplifting tale.....no wonder you were heartbroken...

31 Mar, 2011
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gillblair said:

aww thanks littlewren...not many people would understand what he meant to us..afterall he was just a blue tit, not even what people considered a pet bird...but i knew the lovely people on this site would understand..thats why i shared my story of little jackpot....

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