Keep watching your inventory as time is running short to send replacements. Thursday April 30 I went through all the birds, pulled 9th flights, and hand scanned for an inventory. As you have noticed this hand scan is not complete(some kind of upload problem.) However 655 birds that had been flying were scanned without a hitch and that is what the inventory showed on Apr 29th. May 2 inventory should be a good one also with 714 birds in the clock. The birds look and handle good and are currently taking their monthly regimen of medication to treat cocci, canker, and respiratory challenges. Please let me know if you are not sending replacements.
Please keep watching the inventory posts to be informed of missing birds. Clocking only includes the birds that are out flying. Please be patient as it might 2 weeks after I receive them that they show in the clock inventory (one week in quarantine and one week trap training). Have a good week!!!
A special thank you to all the breeders. Our perches are full for 2020. We will only be accepting Pre-Paid and Replacement birds until May 15th.
At this time I have just one breeder to send birds to. All the check have been mailed except for one lying on the table as I await the W-9. The 2020 Rules will soon be published as I wrap up the last few details of 2019. Thank you all for a very good series and I am looking forward to a less demanding pace of winter, as I prepare for new arrivalls in February. Have a wonderful family filled Holiday in all the weeks come.
I'm continueing to spend most of the days preparing to send, and sending birds home . I'd like to finish this up as much as I can this next week. If you haven't contacted me already please do. Prices for return vary considerably to different parts of the country, as well as the size box that has to be used, so it's hard to throw out a figure that's fair to all. Please give me a shout if you want your birds and I'll try to accommodate you. Paul
Today I posted an inventory of all birds that remain in the loft. Please, if you haven't already, send me an email with info as to which birds including loft name, where you want them sent, and if you have travel plans or are going to be out of town in the next three weeks.
Those of you who had winnings of $600 or more need to send me a W-9 if you haven't already sent one in the past seasons. I will try to get a few birds out Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Cost of return I don't know yet as rates have been changed since last spring. I will try to keep it down as well as I can.
385 birds were released this morning under clear calm skies, 50 degrees at 7:15 PDT from Battle Mountain, Nevada. Along the course predicted winds are variable 3-7mph primarily side and head winds with temperatures in low to mid 70's. We should see birds close to 2:30 PDT. If you are in in the area a BBQ lunch is being served about 12:30.
Tuesday 6:30 PM... hosted dinner at the Mazatlan Restaurant 675 NE Hwy 26,Madras
Wednesday 12:30 BBQ meal at the loft 8961 NE Old Hwy 97
2:00 start watching for birds
As we are trying to accomidate all who are coming with planning meals. Will you please RSVP ASAP.
Race 6 our final, 350 mile from Battle Mountain, Nevada is going to be bumped ahead to Wednesday Sept.25th. Forecasts for Thursday are calling for winds 10-15 mph for the last 180miles of the course with gusts to _ _ _. These had to be the same conditions we had in '09 when wind blew down tents and awnings as I host our Oregon State Convention race and had only one day bird. Sorry for the inconvenience to those who have made travel arrangements planning to be present for the final. I hope that things can be worked out.
We will have a hosted meal again at Mazatlan Restaurant Tuesday evening and a full BBQ meal Wednesday at the race. A more detailed itinerary to follow.
This morning we are dealing with overcast skies for a majority of the course. The birds were held and released at 8:50 as the sun broke through the clouds. Temperature 45 degrees WNW 5-7. Along the course as stated before the birds will be flying under high overcast skies variable but mostly WNW winds 5-9mph, and temperatures in mid to upper 50's . We should see birds about 12:00 PDT