Good evening all,
Nothing exciting happened today with the exception of having 298 birds for the final clocking for the training toss yesterday.
I've closed off the toss now and will create a new toss in wincompanion for tomorrow morning. Rick is planning a toss, again weather and wind dependent. I'll fill you in on details as soon as I have the.
FYI I've updated the missing bird list again within wincompanion tonight.
See you tomorrow for updates and likely videos!
Have a great night,
Jeame (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")
Great day in Niagara!
Besides being my first vacation day of many, we had a great return in the 70km training toss this morning. The birds returned in a couple of larger groups - really what Rick is wanting each time the birds are released. Check out the videos we posted on Facebook and Instagram...they're of the release and also 2 videos of the arrival home!
296 out of 299 came home and the clock is still running in case some come back in overnight or tomorrow.
The plan for tomorrow is a relax day for the birds, maybe a bath - all dependant on weather of course.
See you tomorrow!
Jeane (aka "The1st Pigeon Lady")
Holy smokes it's September already!
Up early this morning, as Rick basketed the birds and took off for a great training toss.
He released them from a place called Heritage Village (past the Hamilton Clubhouse) 70km away for the birds, at 7:20am. The clock is ready for them today. It's listed as a training toss in wincompanion. Distance is 70km (station list says Bronte - but I just used it as it is listed as a 70km station for us).
I'm home watching, no distractions for me and hopefully will be able to catch their arrival on video for you.
I've closed off the toss from the 30th - we had 299 birds return from that one...check out that result under the RACES tab to see how your birds did.
There are some clouds in the sky, but I see lots of blue coming through as I sit and wait. Stay tuned for more updates today!
Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")
Good afternoon everyone,
After much discussion, Rick and I have decided to postpone both the prep race and the main race by one week.
With the extravagant heat from last week, as well as the rain that occurred the week before, we haven't trained the birds far enough and need to give them more time.
This will allow us to increase the distance on the birds, as well as keep the number of returning birds as high as possible.
We hope you understand and support us on this one.
Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause anyone, but we are solely looking out for the birds' best interest!!
Good morning everyone!
Happy morning here as most of the birds are home from their 60km Training Toss from the Hamilton Clubhouse again. He wanted me to mention that there was a tail wind.
I've linked a picture on social media - of the clock that Rick sent me. It's of the clock and it's listed at 272 clocked. I have also posted the video - that go figure, misses the main group coming home...(cue rolling eyes right now).
Tune in later for the update on the results - as I'll post them asap when I get home.
Have a great day,
The inventory/basketing for a training toss tomorrow is all done!
Looks like the basketing list worked - check it out.
The birds are feeling fantastic - check out the Facebook Live post tonight for a showing of some of the birds during our basketing.
Rick is planning to take them to the same spot - the Hamilton Pigeon Racing Clubhouse tomorrow morning. The weather looks good so he's taking advantage of the day and going!
It is another 60km training toss. I have it listed as a RACE this time, to again trial the wincompanion system and make sure everything is working well.
Rick will video the release again and I will post as soon as I have it available for you.
Watch for the results later in the day - when I get home to post them. Reminder - I will be home starting Wednesday this week until the 12th of September, so get ready for updated news as it happens :)
Have a great night everyone,
Good afternoon all
Rick did a 60km training toss this morning from the Hamilton Pigeon Clubhouse. I have a video of the release and some videos of their return that will post up this afternoon.
We banked on the weather (checked late last night - and once again the weather wasn't quite what it said it was going to be) and got a great toss in this morning! He released at 7:40 and we have 296 as of 1:30pm this afternoo. Rick wasn't thrilled about how the birds came back, as they were in smaller groups until about 4 groups latee when 100 came in. He'll likely repeat that distance to get them coming together better.
I'll keep the clock running this afternoon and we'll see if we get the straggler home.
Have a great Saturday everyone!
The 50km training toss is now posted on wincompanion...looks like 295 logged and one bird is sitting outside the coop, not wanting to come in.
The weather is calling for storms tonight, tomorrow and the whole weekend unfortunately. We will watch it closely to see if there's any chance to fly the birds.
I've posted some videos and pics from today on Facebook and Instragram...I'll try and get some in the gallery on the website as well!
We'll keep you atune to the plans for the next couple of days as they happen!
Thanks for everyone's support!
Good morning everyone
Rick had to hold onto the birds for a bit this morning until 7:40am (he got to Centennial Parkway early), as the fog wasn't lifting as fast as he hoped. So at 7:40am the release happened.
I was home for the return of the majority of the birds - and missed the video opportunity for the first group, but as I came out of the loft (after checking that the clock was on and a go...) I did manage to catch another group coming in. The video of this will be uploaded later this morning into social media. I snapped a few pics as well - so I'll post some of these as well today.
Looks like as of now, over 290 birds are home and clocked. I will update the clock when I return home later this afternoon.
Have a great Thursday everyone,
So far 296 out of 298 sent have clocked in by 5pm...and it was another scorcher of a day!
The results have been posted on wincompanion under the TRAINERS tab in the RESULTS section of the website.
I did post the release video onto Facebook this morning - hope you can check it out. Was cool to see the birds flying in the light of the sun...awesome really.
Rick has done some work to the front of the coop - he's added black tarping type material with wood bracing to block the pigeons from wandering under the coop...looks great!
Tomorrow's (Thursday's) plan is of course dependent upon the weather - but Rick is hoping to take them at least 50km, if not 75km for a toss again.
Have a great night!
Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady"