Trained 50 miles today. We had 117 birds remaining this morning and 112 have returned to the loft.
We will try to post an inventory by the weekend or at least a list of the missing birds so that the breeders know if their birds are still in the loft.
Birds trained 20 miles Saturday. Planned to take 50 miles;however, due to fog and concern for getting caught up in a race release only trained 20 miles. Plan to take to 50 miles Monday.
All birds trained 35 miles this morning. This is the first time all birds have been across the mountain. Returns were spread over 20 minutes but it appears most if not all have returned. Plan to take 50 miles Saturday or Monday depending on the weather.
All birds have been trained to 20 miles. Will continue increasing distance. Plan to inventory and install electronic bands next week.
Went over to Frystown, Pa. to observe CJC release this morning. Evidently they moved their release point this morning and delayed their release until 8:15AM instead of their normal early release (6:30/7:00AM). Thinking that I had missed their release I went home and released my birds at the loft at 8:00AM. Three hours later they started to return and had stray race birds (NJ) mixed with them.
As of tonight all have returned but 15. Hopefully more will work their way back tomorrow.
Will wait three or four days and then inventory the birds to determine which may be missing.
Older group (half) trained 20 miles again on Saturday. Trained 27 miles on Sunday. This was their first training toss which required them to cross the mountains. Took them 1-1/2 hours; however, all but three in drop.
Younger half continue to be loft flown. Did not get them into shipping boxes yesterday as planned. Will try for Tuesday and take for short toss.
Older group (half) trained 13 miles yesterday and 20 miles today. Returned in good time. Plan to take 25 miles tomorrow or Saturday depending on weather conditions.
Younger group loft flying. Plan to place in training boxes Saturday and give them a short toss to begin their training.
The older group, or first half, of entries have been trained to 10 miles. Will continue to increase the distance as long as they return in reasonable timeframe.
Younger group or half, continue to be loft flown and road training will begin within the next week or two, depending on their activity at the loft.
Earlier arrivals are beginning to take short trips(20-25 minutes). Plan to begin road training in about two weeks.
Later arrivals beginning to loft fly. Plan to have them join the older birds in approx. a week.
Early arrivals are beginning to flock and loft fly for a short time. Most are now trapping fairly well to whistle.
Later arrivals are either in settling cage or have been out on the landing board.
Overall health is good.