The Castaway - 1359 AU 96 SCQ BBC - On May 29, 2016 the Castaway passed away at 20 years old.
On Sunday, May 3, 2009 I was in the “Relic” loft banding a baby. As I opened the door to exit into the feed room the “Castaway” saw an opportunity for freedom and flew out the door. Landing on the ground in front of the loft he started picking at the ground as if looking for something. My first thought was to get the fish net and catch him before he flew off. As soon as I stepped down the stairs he flew away. At that moment I thought he would never return. As I watched him circle and gain altitude the only thing left to do was let out some birds to attract his attention and maybe get him to return. After letting a few birds out I watched the “Castaway” become the “Flyaway” as he flew southeast towards La Habra and disappeared. The following two days I thought there was a remote possibility he might come back but it didn’t happen.
On Monday, May 25, (Memorial Day) three weeks and one day after the “Castaway” flew away I had some young birds out flying. As they landed on the landing board I walked them into the trap. As I walked towards the group of 5-6 birds I saw the “Castaway”! Imagine seeing a $500.00 bill on the ground, you see it but you don’t believe it! I calmly grabbed him and gave him a quick inspection. He was down in weight 33% but surprisingly for a 16 year old bird he looked great! No lice, no fly’s so I gave him a special digestive water mixture, some light feed and put him back in his box with his mate 1977. I really feel this was a miracle and in the future the reason for 1359’s return will be quite evident. That bird hasn’t been out of a loft for over 10 years and to come back over three weeks later is unbelievable!
Sire of "Holiday's Blue Angel" 1st place San Diego Holiday Cup 2000. Nest mate brother of "The Champ" winner of the United Stated championship race 1996.
All the birds below were bred out of the Castaway his sons and daughters.
|00-1388 LAP BBH||Holiday’s Blue Angel||1ST||365||1359-9108|
|01-777 AVC BBH||Triple Seven Hen||1st Equal||350||1359-9108|
|01-1362 LAP BBC||The China Express||1st||250||1359-9108|
|03-15 WB3 BBH||#15||1st X 3||100-300||730-1389|
|04-1324 WB3 BBH||#1324||8th||300||1285-101|
|07-2124 SEP BBC||#2124||1st||290||703-619|
|07-2194 SEP BBC||2009 Champion Bird||6th||132||1182-472|
|08-145 SEP BBC||Little Johnny Rocket||1st||227||11-644|
|08-161 WB2 BBC||#161||5th||132||753-740|
|08-1878 TBW BBC||Sutter's Gold||1st||300||4488-0000|
|09-6 WB2 BBH||#6||1st Equal||262||753-740|
|09-13 WB2 BBWFC||#13||4th||345||11-644|
|09-901 TBW BBC||Computer Cock||1st||104||894-1159|
|09-907 TBW BBH||To-Be-We-Be Hen||1st Equal||227||888-459|
|09-930 FK BBH||#930||1st||135||1291-651|
|09-931 FK BBH||#931||1st||135||1291-651|
|09-937 WB3 BBC||#937||4th||150||1373-216|
|09-965 FK BBH||#966||1st||100||894-1159|
|09-966 TBW BBC||Star Hopper||1st||150||771-1388|
|10-334 LCBR BBC||Sonny Boy||1st||400||1373-216|
|10-612 Lone Star BBC||#612||9th||318||918-307|
|10-613 Lone Star BBH||#613||1st||106||771-1228|
|10-619 Lone Star BBC||#619||3rd||106||1177-917|
|10-1002 TBW BBH||#1002||7th||344||236-1277|
|10-1003 TBW BBH||Four Aces - Ace #4||1st Equal||290||236-1277|
|10-1113 TBW BCH||Cast Iron Hen||1st||300||4414-0001|
|10-1015 TBW BBC||Powder Blue||9th||344||1373-216|
|10-1026 TBW BBH||The Flyaway Hen||1st||227||702-679|
|10-1071 TBW BBH||Four Aces - Ace #1||1st||290||1366-559|
|11-11027 TBW BCH||#11027||5th||102||498-1997|
|11-11191 TBW BBH||Cast A Star||1st||300||771-1228|
|12-12003 TBW BBH||Royal Queen||1st||147||771-1228|
|12-12064 TBW BBC||Royal Force||1st||250||771-1228|
30 First place wins from the Castaway, his sons and daughters!!!