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  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


   Today, 25 birds returned from yesterdays' toss.  All together we have 475 birds that flew and 6 that stayed home for a total of 481 pigeons. We are expecting a few tomorrow, still 9 short.

   Rest in the morning and loft fly in the afternoon.



     Several emails and a phone call about Mondays' eclipse made me decide to take the birds on a longer toss on Sunday instead of on Monday. It was a late start but as luck would have it, they loaded quickly. Traffic was another problem. Sunday's cottage country roads are damn crowded. It was 13:15 as I went into Manooth and I made a decision to stop there. The birds needed to drink and rest for thirty minutes and another half hour or more would make it to late to release in Whitney. The distance from Manooth is 143 KM. The birds were released at 13:50 into sunny skies with strong winds from the west. They circled twice, went very high and headed for home. I saw them once south of Manooth and they were spread out in a long line, going straight south. The flight home was a tough one with the first group taking 2 hrs and 10 minutes. All most all the birds arrived from the west. A few directly from the north but hardly any from the east which is where I thought the wind would have taken them. Four hundred and fifty made it on the day and this morning, the thirty four still out are starting to drop in.

     The weather dictates what will happen this week. I will have another toss but as yet, I haven't decided how far I will go. The birds are ready to go this morning. A little sleep and food does wonders. Next weekend will be the 200 mile race. Again, the weather will decide which day will be the one. Keep checking, I'll keep you informed. 



      This morning, every combine in Central Ontario is somewhere north or east of us. Even though almost all of our birds have become part of a mean fighting machine, there are still twenty or so where the wind can whistles in one ear and directly out the other. When it gets dark, they panic and then fly like the dickens for the comfort of the home perch. Happens every toss. No need to confuse the few. We will take them for a sixty KM toss this afternoon and tomorrow, 164 KM. There are four hundred and eighty four birds that will train today. Six others need a rest because of bumps and bruises. One extra day off will help them.


    9:31 AM

    I was just informed of the solar eclipse that is happening on Monday. I will train this afternoon, miss all the combines, but I will be going to Whitney, 165 KM. They need one longer toss before the 200 mile event next weekend.



   It`s amazing have fast time flies when there are deadlines to meet. Mine are almost here. On Sunday, August 27 we will hold our Empire 300 KM. That is, if the weather gods will co-operate. We may have to move it ahead or back a day or two, we`ll see.

  Our main event, the Empire 500 KM will be held the Long weekend of September. Basketing of the birds will begin about 1:30 PM, Saturday, September 2. When the truck and trailer have departed, we will sacrifice some burgers for supper and then we will have the loft auction. For those who can`t be there, you may purchase your loft for $ 75.00. Please send the money in asap. It has to be here before the auction begins. We will also be accepting pool sheets for those who want to bet on their birds. Same for the pool sheets, send asap. They have to be here before race day.

  On Sunday, September 3, we will be here at 9:00 for coffee and bagels and for those who have yet to pool, we will be ready and waiting. All bets have to be in by 12:00 noon. For lunch this year, we are having a pig barbeque. We`ll also have chicken and a few hamburgers for those who need something different. Please bring your family. Linda will have lots of fixens, so you won`t go hungry. If by chance it rains, you know what I`ll be eating for the next year or so. Monday is our rain date.

  Versa Laga will have a display of their products and Baden Feed will have their feed on hand for those who need a bag or two. 

Linda and I look forward to seeing you, It will be nice to meet the person from the other end of the phone or from behind the computer screen.



    Today, the birds had to work a bit harded. The sky was a bit over cast but lots of sun poked through. The wind was from the north and helped them leave the area tout suite. Half way home, the wind changed to the east and by afternoon at home, the wind was strong and pushed them way to the east side. Some over shot into the county. In the late evening, I watched them return from the south east. Even though we are only an eighth of a mile from the lake, Prince Edward stretches into the lake by about thirty miles. When the birds go by us and into the county, you can count on them coming back following the shore line. Four birds stayed home today, two late ones needed a rest and two banged up their chest a bit  Two days off, maybe a short toss on Saturday afternoon then a long one for everybody on Sunday.

    Every bird that was bruised or had a cut is now back on the road. 

    I am working on a mailout for the pool sheet and details for the main event. Shall have them out tomorrow. I still have about20 calls to make and I'll try to do that tomorrow as well.



    This was a good day. First, I woke up. I could see my hands and feel my feet, always a good start. Second, the birds had their gear on and were ready to be let aboard when I arrived at the loft. No hesitation, no showing and pushing, no tripping and falling, just lets get on and lets get going. In 45 minutes the last one put on his seat belt. The highway drive was absolutely perfect. No cars, only one truck and he led the way. I arrived in Bancroft at Foodland and was backed into the field by 9:45 AM. I watered the birds, gave them half an hour to quench their thirst and at 10:23, I opened all the baskets and off they went. No mucking about above the trailer, just a little toot left, a little toot right and then straight for home. The sky was bright and beautifull with a few fluffy white clouds. There was no wind to be found. At home, cloudy skies, again no wind but hot and hazy at ground level. There were 480 birds in the clock when I got home. There were also two birds, who are 1 and 2, that returned from a previous training toss. The first bird in the toss was followed by 359 other ones within the next 5 minutes. It won by less than a beak. 

    Tomorrow a bath, a little loft flying and sun bathing. Wednesday we will go back to Bancroft and next weekend, to Whitney, 160KM.


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