Oh Spicky, I am so so sorry for your loss. I'm just checking in on my way out to work. Your thread brought tears to my eyes and my mascara is running as I type this post. You are the best bird Mum your fids could ever have hoped for. YOur nighttime vigil as Thud prepared for her journey touched me deeply.
You quoted from "Away in a Manger". All of my life that song has had a special place in my heart. I could sing all the many verses as a child. It was so appropriate as Thud is now a special angel watching over you.
Be at peace little Thud, we will miss you here.