Approximately 160 birds have been shipped out or picked up. On Saturday, I will be shipping from Pearson airport but only a couple of shipments. I find I make too many mistakes when I have to count over ten. I will also be in Woodstock at Tims, 59/401 at about 11 AM, give or take a bit. On the way back I will make a couple of stops to hand over a few birds I missed Wednesday. Early in the week I will again be at the airport for the BC birds and Alberta birds. Thanks, Rick
I have started handing out pigeons. I have delivered the birds for Quebec and those north of Oshawa. On Wednesday birds will be at the Burger King, Dixie and Britania Ave in Mississauga. I have a lot and I will also have the birds for north of TO. All the Borden banded birds will be with me. If we don't connect, I'll be making another trip on Saurday for Windsor birds and those who were missed. Call my cell, 905 269 2348. Rick
Last evening, a local mishap shut down our phone lines. They will be up and running later today. I will have the sorting of the birds completed tomorrow and will start meeting with you all next week. Out of town birds will also be shipped at the end of the week. There are 307 birds in the loft at present.
The number of birds returning home from the last race has slowed to a trickle. The last few home are in dire need of a rest. We are working at sorting the birds out by areas of the country and when we are ready, we will meet you at a central point that suits both you and me. Birds that need to be shipped by air will happen next week.The birds home on the first and second day are ready to go racing again. Tough little creatures aren't they.
We thank everyone who participated in our race series and hope you will join us next year. The concept of the race will stay the same, 5 races and 3 average speeds plus prize money that is spread out over as many spots as possible. There will, however, be some changes. We'll let you know soon what they will be.
Again, thanks to everyone and congratulation to all the winners.
Adam, Dyann, John, Linda, Rick
So sorry for the delay in congratulating those of you who own such fantastic racers. In a month or so, they have flown 1420 miles in races ( 2272 KM ) plus I don't remember how many trips they made in training tosses. My guess is they covered well over 3000 KM in the month. I would be proud to own any one of them
First, the winners of the Salem 400 Special.
1. V&V Loft
2. Stingray Loft
3. Pigeonempire. com
4. Joe and Mike
5. Castleguard Loft
7. Wayne Lochbaum
8. Seal Team Six
9. Seal Team Six
10. V&V Loft
11. B&S Loft 4
12. Pigeons of Peace
13. Cruz and Vasco
14. Vintage Loft
Long Average Speed
1. Seal Team Six....................PH 19 BB 0308
2. Seal Team Six....................PH 19 BB 0314
3. Majk................................AU 19 ARPU 47047
4. Vintage Loft......................AU 19 VINT 0005
5. Castleguard Loft................AU 19 ARPU 69858
Overall Avrage Speed
1. Seal Team Six...................PH 19 BB 0314
2. Silvercreek Loft.................CU 19 HV 2096
3. Seal Team Six..................PH 19 BB 0308
4. Stingray Loft.....................CU 19 CU 3114
5. Silvercreek Loft................CU 19 HV 2095
Congratulations for such terrific showings.
Today, my club mate Ashley and I watched the birds come home just minutes apart and almost all from the north. Without the strain of the previous day, it was pure pleasure to see them circle, dive and drop right in.
Congratulations to the winners. My home computer quit lastnight. I'll post in a couple of hours. Rick
The birds were released this morning at 8:00 AM. The sky was cloudy but clearing towards the south. The birds will have a headwind to content with on the way home. Those that wish to come this afternoon and watch the birds arrive are welcome. Good luck to everyone.
The birds had a short toss, 43 KM on Monday. When they arrived home, we left them outside for a bit to enjoy a bath and pick in the grass. They have bounced back quickly and are in great shape. A lot continued to fly. They were brought in slowly and seperated to allow us to check their ebands against the clock. The basket list is now on wincompanion.
The birds left this morning after breakfast. The weather has again become fickled and changes by the minute. Whether we have a race tomorrow can't be decided untill the sun comes up. Please check in the early AM before you drive out to watch the birds come home. Most of the way home will be OK. Start up might be iffy. They will have a headwind to fight on the way home.
The birds were tossed from Havelock this morning. It was overcast and there was a tiny bit of rain. The birds had a bit of headwind to face but they still flew about 1160 MPM.
Winter is almost here so we have decided to fly the Salem 400 Special on Wednesday. There will be a headwind, so they say, and that should make the fight to get home exciting. The basket list will be up Tuesday.
I have handled quite a number of birds the last couple of days and am happy with their health and fitness. Their weight is back on, they have muscle tone and almost all I handled have their last 3 flights. I wish all of you luck in the next race.
The birds are doing well. Each day they have open loft and each afternoon all are forced out for an hour and flagged. The birds are now ready to start moving up the road and preparing for the last race. Hopefully, next week. Today we will take them to our favourite release point.
There was a mistake in the list of band numbers in our master breeder list which changes the outcome of our results. The list was published in order to check your entries but I know how mistakes can be over looked. The problem with changing the results after they have been published is that it creates disappointments and resentments and sleepless nights and that I do not like. I have decided to add one extra position to cover the oversight.
Master Breeder Awards.
1. Buffalo Willies....IF 19 BUF 1135...........$ 3050.00 plus the clock donated by Bernie and Suzanne Bedard.
2. Chinese Curry.....CU 19 OSH 20153.......$ 1000.00
3. 3 Legged Loft.... CU 19 CU 10481..........$ 1000.00
4. Seal Team Six....PH 19 BB 0314...........$ 1000.00
5. Granby Loft.....CU 19 CU 2924............$ 1000.00
6. Lofty Asperations.. ...AU 19 ARPU 56298 .....$ 50.00
Congratulations to these winners.