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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.

Band Name Position Miles Parents
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
    3rd 200  
03-15 WB3 BBH #15 1st X 3 100-300 730-1389
04-1324 WB3 BBH #1324 8th 300 1285-101
    8th 350  
07-2124 SEP BBC #2124 1st 290 703-619
07-2194 SEP BBC 2009 Champion Bird 6th 132 1182-472
    6th 384  
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
    2nd 350  
09-937 WB3 BBC #937 4th 150 1373-216
09-965 FK BBH #966 1st 100 894-1159
    1st 125  
    1st 150  
    1st 200  
    1st 225  
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
    1st Equal 318  
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
    8th 262  
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!!!