About Birdpond

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Cathy Taibbi  (aka Birdpond) is a former professional zookeeper and ardent conservation watchdog, sharing her passion through writing, art and roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on work. In her ‘spare’ time she raises Paso Fino horses on her small farm, paints, sculpts, dabbles in music and ‘shoots bugs’, in macro-mode, with her cellphone camera.

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Purchase of any exclusive T-shirt design will directly benefit wildlife charities like the Center for Biological Diversity, and help Birdpond continue to speak out for wildlife and our Earth.

Visit Birdpond’s Cool T at TeeSpring to browse designs. MINIMUM 50% PROCEEDS will be donated to reputable conservation organisations like the Center. If you have a specific conservation org or fund you’d like to have proceeds from your purchase go to, please contact the author. Receipts for donations proudly furnished.

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7 thoughts on “About Birdpond”

  1. Mary Roberts said:

    Cathy: What fun to find your blog this morning! I am an old canary breeder (almost 50 years) and this year I have a real dilemma. I have four young (8 months old) canaries from 1/2 American Singer parents. Usually I can pretty much tell the sex of my birds by 5 months, but these really have me stumped. Two of them can sing long trills and even seem to be trying for a “real” male song…but I don’t feel that I can sell them as males just yet. The other two have done quite a lot of “singing” too, since they were 7 weeks old, but now they are quiet most of the time. They are all caged separately because they fight each other pretty hard when together and I am afraid of injuries. When they “sing”, they swell their throats like a male and really get into it, but the song is not a complete one, doesn’t really sound like an adult male, and doesn’t sound like it is a developing song, either. One, in particular, is a “free” singer…starting the minute it is uncovered in the morning.

    Any thoughts on this? I need to get them sold soon, because I want to start a new breeding season in March or April. (I live in Iowa). If any of them is a hen, she will stay with me for breeding to an American Singer male that I have, which is an astounding singer, but unforunately, not ASC banded. Where are you located?

    Mary Roberts, Templeton, Iowa

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for contacting me! Canaries (and American Singers, in particular, it seems) can be very baffling to sex out! Some experienced fanciers claim to be able to tell by the line of the eye with the mouth, but I find that tough. As you know, the only sure way is when a pair produces fertile eggs. In fact I had so many singing hens I ended up putting a bunch of videos on YouTube to counter the myth that only male canaries sing – for instance: http://youtu.be/fYKzSTsegWo

      These hens had just raised one or two nests that season then went through the molt – their testosterone spiked and VIOLA they sing like the boys!

      Very frustrating when trying to pick stock!

      There is always feather /DNA sexing, lol.

      Try keeping new chicks at least through the next season to sort out once and for all who is who – even after years of experience I got fooled when my best singing males ended up cramming into the nest with the hens I’d chosen to pair them with – kind of messes up one’s breeding plans!

      Animals will make fools and liars of us every time!

      :- )

    • ps My blog is now at :http://birdpondsblog.com/

      That site will stay up to date with wildlife and conservation issues, this one I’ve not posted to in a while unless I decide to post more about my personal critters – Thanks!

    • Mary, I am in the Atlanta area – I would love to see photos or hear recordings of your birds!

    • Linda Fries said:

      Mary, good to know you continue to raise canaries. Such a good work. Update us. Linda Fries

  2. Thank you for sharing the video of singing female canaries. I had a female who gave me beautiful babies. She started singing after we had her for a few years, and we encouraged her. That was a mistake because she became so proud of her song she would peck her opera tenor mate who had such a beautiful voice it gave us goosebumps. Well end of story, we got so tired of her picking on him when he tried to sing we gave her away. Sad part was he never sang again like he did when she was around.

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog, your blog sounds interesting !

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