News and Updates

    No birds returned home today. All the birds at home were set outside this afternoon and all but a handfull flew for almost 2 hours. The worked the sky in small groups, disappearing for ten minutes or so then streaking across the loft and then disappearing into the opposite direction. Amazing how quickly they regain there desire to be active. 

    Please send in your emails asap regarding the 380 marathon race. Over 80 have signed up, more have said they will. The race will be held not next week but the first of the week after. 



  The one loft birds were let out for an hour this afternoon. almost all flew the entire time they were out.

The following birds arrived today:

 248,   J Bishop                CRPU 17 18975                 07.51.58

249.    Shah Khan             CRPU 17 1902                  08.57.30

250.    3 Legged Loft         NR 17 2005                     09,00.13

251     Waterfall-Woolner   BOW 17 330                    09.12.09

252.    Jules Hou              MP 17 17246                    09.32.38 

253.    Andy Lewendoski    CRPU 17 10231                09.43.40

254.    Sunshine Loft         CRPU 17 8184                 10.39.32

255.    Bulldog Loft            CRPU 17 504                  11.49.53

256.    Richard Callahan      AA 17 1635                    11.56.01

257.    Y2K                      NOVA 17 17307               13.44.20

258.    Elorado Lofts          CRPU 17 9377                 14.32.25

259.    Arquette-Depierdon  CRPU 17 3891                 16.13.26

260.    Shah Khan              CRPU 17 1910                 17.20.23

261.    Teixeira 2               CRPU 17 1055                  18.14.28






     When anxiety sets in, all the things you had planned to say and do, go out the window. I have forgotten to thank all the folks who worked so hard along side of me to help make the race weekend a success. While sitting in my truck last night, in the pouring rain, watching and hoping for birds I made out my list. It also occured to me that pigeon dust not only effects the lungs of pigeon fanciers, it also effects their brain. I bet mortar dust effects the brain of brick layers. You can't snort either for so many years without dire results. I bet if you opened up either noggin, you'd find a solid brick. Anyway, I digress. It must be the brick in me.

     Thank you to Frank, Ken, Ashley, Tom and Dennis for catching the birds and scanning them. It gave the fanciers at shipping an opportunity to handle their birds. Thanks to Rob and Chris for the excellent barbie on Saturday night and looking after everything needed to serve our meal on Sunday. Super organized people who kept the ball moving forward. Thank you to Dyann and Mandy who handled all the pooling and the loft auctions. Again, well organized, super efficient. Thanks to John, Robert and Al who provided the pig, the spit and worked all night to give us the best tasting pork ever. Thanks to Bernie and Suzanne for making the most wonderfull beans ever. Thanks to Mike, the garbage collector, Marian, who walked around and looked pretty and my wife, who was a gatherer and hunter, making sure all was where it had to be and at the correct time. She also walked around and looked pretty. Thanks to Jim and Judy, our poke and prodders, who quietly whispered in our ears " you forgot this and you forgot that ". In twenty years, I'll still forget this and that. Thank you all.

                            THE MARATHON RACE

     The time has come to enter the Marathon race. There are 247 birds in the loft at present. More will arrive today. The late comers I will post on the message board every evening. I will do my job of replenishing their tanks and prepping them for the 380 mile event. You have to send in your commitment to this race. Please send by email the list of birds that are participating in our race. The money you can forward by mail, email or pay pal. Any bird can win this event. All that came home are capable. The race will be held in a couple of weeks, when they are fit to go and when the weather will allow it. Twenty seven birds have already been registered. Send yours in now. Cost is $ 125.00 CDN or 105.00 US

     Congratulations to all the winners of not only the 313 race but also the loft auctions, the pools, and the Master breeder awards. When I write my book, you will be mentioned.




     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%.


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