Budgie Bulletin March 15 2024


BCSA Budgie Bulletin: Weekly Wrap & Look Ahead

Welcome to This Week’s Budgie Bulletin!The North East Budgerigar Society (NEBS) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday night. Despite the sweltering conditions that recently enveloped South Australia, the NEBS’s monthly meeting witnessed an impressive turnout, featuring several new enthusiasts eager to delve into the world of budgerigars.  Considering the heat, and factoring in bird welfare, no budgies were on show and the pairing event had to be postponed, however there was a presentation delivered on the same topic, and some robust discussions were generated. Some great feedback was received, and the North East will look to possibly push their Novice Pairing Night out to the May meeting, so that members can still bring along their birds for assessment and discussion.

Tomorrow, the Port Pirie Club is gearing up for their own meeting, at the residence of Doug and Ruth Lange in Maitland, kicking off at 11 AM. Known for their convivial atmosphere, the Port Pirie meetings bring together both seasoned members and newcomers on a day filled with aviary tours and social luncheons. It’s an opportunity to experience the camaraderie and shared enthusiasm that define these gatherings.  For anyone who is keen on attending, be sure to let Peter Glassenbury know, so that catering can be adjusted accordingly.

Casting our gaze beyond local events, the South Queensland community is gearing up for their much-anticipated Futures Show this Sunday. Highlighting the event is a special raffle featuring a bird from South Australia. Remember the stroke of luck Dave Miller experienced at the recent BCT auction? That fortune could be yours, but participation is key. If you’re feeling lucky, there’s still time to snag a ticket.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, the Riverina and Ballarat Clubs are set to host their respective diploma shows, showcasing top-tier budgerigars. Not to be outdone, Hunter Valley in regional New South Wales is also hosting its distinguished event, promising a day of quality budgerigars on show.

In a strategic move, the Melton Budgerigar Club in Victoria has rescheduled its Annual Auction to July 29th, avoiding scheduling conflicts with other events. This auction is a highlight in the budgerigar community, particularly drawing significant attention from South Australian enthusiasts. To avoid missing out on this flagship event, enthusiasts are encouraged to update their calendars with the new date, ensuring they’re part of the vibrant gathering that celebrates the beauty and diversity of budgerigars.

Budgie Auctions & Sales

Online and In-Person Auctions are back in full swing with BSSA Auction 7 coming online, as well as Wynnum releasing their Showcase Live Auction catalogue featuring 164 lots from 24 vendors. Michael McMahon is also having a full sell out, which features many birds that were purchased as outcrosses from notable breeders, and finally, the SQ futures auction is on this Sunday, with 23 lots on offer in a live event.

  • BSSA Online Auctions: The Budgerigar Society of South Australia (BSSA) proudly announces its 7th auction for 2024, an online event for bird enthusiasts and breeders alike. BSSA Auction 7 showcases an exclusive selection of 19 exquisite budgerigars from vendors such as Jack Brink, Jane Kelb, Marie & Kerry Murphy, and Chris Jones, each offering their unique and high-quality birds to the highest bidder. Use the link below to explore this auction:


  • Wyynum Redlands Showcase Live Auction:  One of, if not the, best auctions in the top half of the country, Wynnum always attracts quality budgerigars, and 2024 will be no exception. The event will happen live on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at the Assembly Hall on Smith St, Cleveland. Birds from 24 different vendors will be on offer, across 164 lots. For inquiries, please reach out to Trevor Broadbent at 0407 323 622 or Bill & Pat Sedgwick at 07 3396 8732 or 0413 960 396, or via email at [email protected]. A link to the catalogue is provided below:


  • South Queensland Futures Mini Auction (LIVE):  The SQ Futures Mini Auction for 2024 is to be held on Sunday 17th March at the Strathpine Community Hall, Mecklem St Strathpine. This mini auction features 23 lots from breeders such as Joel Keune, Gary Murray, Alan Kent, Bevan Mouritz, Geoff Russell, NHG Budgerigars, Garry & Helen Hibberd, Lucas Hendry, Boal Family, Trevor Broadbent, Garry Edwards, Steve Kilduff, Keevers & Hoskinson, Brian Crosbie, Graham Barlow and Brian Walters.


  • Michael McMahon Sell Out:  Michael McMahon’s Complete Sell-Out Auction is currently underway. The event is offering an extensive collection of 42 lots, including high-quality birds, breeding and show cages. Michael McMahon, having acquired birds from numerous esteemed breeders across Australia, has relished the opportunity to connect with many individuals in the community. However, due to health reasons, he has made the difficult decision to step away from budgerigar breeding. Prominent breeders featured in this auction include Peter Thurn, Peter Tyack, Gavin Rowe, Smith & Fox, Ken & Janet Harris, Thompson & McVilly, Glenn Sinclair, Rob Rodriguez, Patrick Vella, and Michael McMahon himself. Available varieties span White Caps, Clearbodies, Lutino’s, Opalines, Dominant Pieds, and Cinnamons, catering to a wide range of preferences and breeding objectives.


Club Calendar

With the BSSA and North East meeting’s complete, the PPBS aviary tour of Doug & Ruth Lange’s is the final event of March.

  • Port Pirie Club: Mark your calendars for mid-March for a meeting and aviary tour at Doug & Ruth Lange’s place on the Yorke Peninsula. Visit the Port Pirie Facebook group for all the latest information on What’s On. Starts at 11 AM in Maitland on Saturday March 16th.


  • BSSA Monthly Meeting:Mark your calendars for Tuesday April 2nd, as the BSSA hosts Dr Marijke Mellor from the Unusual Pet Vets Adelaide to talk all things budgies. Dr Mellor will also be providing free, 5 minute vet checks of your birds, so the BSSA encourages you to bring your feathered friend along for what promises to be a great night.


  • North East Monthly Meeting:Mark your calendars for Wednesday April 10th, as the North East celebrates 50 years! Plans are now in place and the 50-year anniversary booklet reviewing the club’s history. All current members, past members, and members of other clubs are welcome. Wood fired pizza will be served from 6.00pm onwards. Meeting will be opened at 7.30pm, Kelwyn Kakoschke as a Co-Founder of NEBS will speak on the early days. The night will feature media identity Graeme Goodings, who will present a nostalgic look at South Australia between 1974 and 2024, covering the 50 years that NEBS has existed. So, there is something of interest for partners of breeders as well. Supper will follow. Love to see you there.


ANBC Nationals Spotlight

  • Budgerigar Council of Tasmania Updates:
    Tomorrow marks 10 weeks until the National titles kick off in Launceston, and 9 weeks on Sunday until the Logan Shield. Time is quickly running out! It’s essential to secure your place at the ANBC National titles if you’re planning on attending. It would be great to see as many of our South Australian budgerigar community there as possible, so please confirm your attendance by RSVPing through the link provided below:


In Closing

We trust that you and your feathered friends navigated safely through the recent spell of extreme weather that swept across our state. It’s our sincere hope to reunite with many of you tomorrow at Doug and Ruth’s place, where we anticipate a delightful day brimming with camaraderie and a shared passion for birds. For all those receiving this interstate, good luck at Riverina, Ballarat, Hunter and the SQ Futures Show.

Until next week!

Show Dates for 2024April

  • Sunday, 7 April 2024, BSSA Murphy Classic, Westbourne Park Community Centre – 388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Sunday, 5 May 2024, BSSA Stan Watson Breeder’s Show, Westbourne Park Community Centre – 388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Saturday, 11 May 2024, PPBS Harry Johnson Young Bird Show, Crystal Brook Council Hall
  • Sunday, 12 May 2024, NEBS Lloyd Edwards Breeder Show,49 LeHunte St, Kilburn
  • Sunday, 19 May 2024, BCSA Logan Shield Interbranch, Enfield Community Centre, Regency Road, Enfield
  • Saturday, 25 May 2024, ANBC National Titles, Launceston, Tasmania
  • Sunday, 26 May 2024, ANBC National Titles, Launceston, Tasmania
  • Saturday, 22 June 2024, NEBS Fisher Annual Show, 49 LeHunte St, Kilburn
  • Sunday, 30 June 2024, PPBS Hutchinson’s Annual Show, Crystal Brook Council Hall
  • Sunday, 7 July 2024, BSSA Ron Norman Show, Westbourne Park Community Centre –388 Goodwood Road Westbourne Park
  • Saturday, 20 July 2024, BCSA Auction & AGM, Enfield Community Centre, Regency Road, Enfield
  • Saturday, 26 October 2024 – Budgie Fest






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