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     On Sunday, September 2, 2017 we held our three hundred and thirteen mile main event and it was awesome. Three birds dropped out of the sky landed directly in front of the trap and two rushed in. The third one hobbled. Congratulations go to the team of Baracuda-Mitu, Giles Chaloux and Alex Mitu, for winning first, Chinese Curry, Dave Ramcharan and LInda Maltman, for winning second and Sunshine Loft, John Koene, for winning third. 

     So many times I was fooled by the weather man that I decided to study every map I could find and then determine what to do. They called for rain all day. I started at four AM and by seven, I thought that a window of opportunity was comig up that would allow the birds to fly home. One hundred and thirty six made it on the day and proved I was right. It was a difficult decision to make, especally as it was pouring rain at home and there were plenty of pockets allong the way. Congratulations to them all.



     The birds were released at 8:00 AM. Good Luck to everyone. 



   The Empire Classic 500 KM race will be held today. The release time will be posted shortly after they are up. I have been watching the weather channel and Underground weather since Four AM and the direction the weather is going calls for enough clearing for the birds to come through. At present it is clear up north with no rain in the forcast till Ten Thirty AM. As they fly south, the path becomes clearer as the day progresses. Superior birds will make it through, and that is what you entered in this race.

    We look forward to seeing you today. Pooling is open till Noon and the barbie starts at 1 PM. Bring your family and fellow fancier, there is plenty on the table for everyone.



  I hate to repeat myself but I have been asked to remind you that if you are coming out, no pets please. The farm dog is always hungry. Also, please bring a lawn chair or a couch, unless you enjoy standing around. Shipping of the birds starts at 1 today.




   The birds were released, one basket at a time. but only minutes apart, into cloudy skies with winds from the south. Headwinds seems to be the order of the day lately. The skies at home were clear, a bit of white puffs floating by but with strong winds off the lake. As with every toss, twenty or so birds decide to take the long way home. Four hundred and fifty six came on the day.


  If you are coming to handle your birds on Saturday or enjoy the race on Sunday, please, no pets and please bring a lawn chair. We do have tables and chairs but we don't know if we have enough. Don't forget your loft pool if you plan on buying it for yourself, we need that by the auction on Saturday which starts right after we eat at five. Pooling your birds, it needs to be sent to us by Sunday at noon. You can pool your birds when you are here on Sunday, as long as you are here by noon. Sundays barbeque stars at one PM, bring your appetite for that.

Hope to see you all. Rick                                                                                               


     Congratulations to the winner and the top four runners up in the first leg of the Empire Classic Triple Crown Series. Congratulations to Marcin Turkiewicz {1200.00} whose bird cannot only fly as fast as anybodies but is quicker in the one and a half foot dash. He won by less than a beak. Bob Swanson  800.00} was second, loosing by less than a beak. Roti Roti and Furlano {800.00} were third, loosing by a beak and a wattle and Lucky 7 was fourth, tripping a bit as he entered the trap. Fifth was the bird of Toronto Trifecta.Com.  Hesitate and your late. Twenty two birds landed together and made a mad dash for the gold. Three more arrived within a minute with the rest coming at a very steady pace. 

    The birds were released at seven AM. The sun had just nicely appeared over the tree tops and the wind was dead calm. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. It didn't stay that way for long. Within an hour of North Bay, the wind picked up and increased in strength all the way home. Strong head winds  were the order of the day. The last two hours of their journey included dark thunder clouds but as luck would have it, no rain. I am very proud of these warriors. They made me look good. You should be proud, they made you look good!




    Payout for the Loft Pool is 1st  40 %, 2nd  30 %, 3rd  15 %, 4th  10%, 5th   5%.



  The only person who changes his mind more than me is the weather man. All your birds have been scanned and we are ready to go. The basket list is on our web site. I am not taking any chances with the weather and since Sunday is so fine, Sunday will be the day we race. Monday it may snow for all I know. Four days ago, next week was to be beautifull, now it looks iffy. Hopefully, the wind will blow it all to Newfoundland and they can deal with it. They all have nice and bright yellow slickers. The birds will be up at  an 7:00 am and the distance is 181 miles. There were 478 birds scanned for the race. I am taking the birds up. Good Luck to everyone.



  I have decided that loft flying would be more beneficial than pushing them up the road again. A few that came home late need a rest. Tomorrow we scan for the weekend 200 mile race.



 The birds had a few days off, one day they stayed inside and yesterday they had open loft. Lot's off in and out yesterday and plenty of flying. Today, Linda took them 63 KM, straight north. The wind was from the north east at the release spot. The sky was very overcast. They were released in small groups and almost all, arrived in small groups. They were released starting at 9;55 AM and the first arrived at the loft 10:32 AM .  At home, the wind would take my socks away if I had been wearing any. Direct from the west, full force all day long.

   Trapping was the worst I have experienced, Land, then fly off, then come back and do it all again. Forget the times, none are really acurate. They should have gone further but I want this energy for the 200 mile race which will take place on Monday, August 28. Another short toss this week then lock down Friday afternoon and Saturday while we scan them for the 200 mile basket list.

   Good Luck to everyone.
Rick and Linda

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