News and Updates

Good evening all,

The birds are in the baskets and ready to go for tomorrow's planned PREP race from Gravenhurst.  We're hoping for an 8am release - we'll keep you posted with a Facebook Live post for the release also.  We've scanned an incredible 289 - but we've kept back 4 birds.  These 4 had 2 injuries from the most recent toss, and 2 were very lightweight.

Ineligible for the PREP race (but will be good to go next week for the MAIN race) are:

CU 16031

AU 41257

CU 6905

HV 918

We've got 285 basketed and they're ready to go.  Check the lost birds list if you don't see your bird in the basket list - as I've also updated this list as well.

Make sure you check out thePAYOUTS tab for the payouts for the PREP race.

Good luck to everyone!

See you in the morning!

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good afternoon everyone,

Quiet day here today - but had a great visit from one of our flyer families!  Thanks to Kam Vantroba and Rochelle Eloranta for stopping by with their daugher Callie.  Got to show them around the place, introduce them to some of the animals and of course, see the one loft in all its' glory (from the outskirts of course :))...but so happy to meet them in person!

As we get ready for the PREP race tomorrow morning, we still have to get through our local club's shipping and then it will be our regular Sunday night basketing with another Facebook Live to keep you in the loop as to the status of the birds.

We did just announce on Facebook Live a few minutes ago, that Rick has decided to shorten up the PREP race to either Gravenhurst or Burks Falls.  He plans to have the birds released early - so that they won't mix with the combine (who are flying from North Bay - hence why we won't release from North Bay).  Also, it gives the opportunity for people to tune into or visit our loft for the early return of the birds, and then be home for their own race birds.

Check out the PAYOUTS tab in wincompanion for the PREP race payouts - and see you later on Facebook!  I'll have the basket list up as soon as we're finished tonight.

Good luck to everyone in their own races, and of course - in the OLR PREP RACE!

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good afternoon everyone

I've just finished downloading the final numbers of the returned birds from yesterday's toss.  288 - we sent 288 (and remember we lost one outside the coop due to a hawk) at least one has returned from a previous toss.

Take a peek at the returns under the TRAINERS tab in wincompanion and see if your birds are there - even if they were lost before - they might be back!

Have a great afternoon - it's sunny but very windy here today...we're still planning on the PREP RACE to be on Monday.  Sunday night basketing - with the inventory listed!

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")



Hi everyone

I entered a race station that was too far in the wincompanion program this morning.  After getting the infor from Rick - we got the GPS location and things have been updated for speed.

It was crazy when we looked at the speeds and realized I made a boo boo with the station.

All corrected and the release video should be up momentarily online on Instagram and Facebook!

Have a great one!

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good morning everyone 

Rick released the birds for a training toss this morning at 7:45am - and he has a video of the release...I wasn't ready for a Facebook Live - sorry!  He took them north of highways 6 and 401.

Hoping to catch the birds here on video before I take the kids to school...not sure though.

Weather is beautiful here with pretty clear skies.  I'll keep you posted!

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Afternoon everyone,

This post I made this morning, but it didn't seem to here it is for today.

Unfortunately there was no training today...couple of reasons for this.  One - the QEW was shut down and traffic was halted everywhere towards Toronto.  Also, the weather is not looking favourable for a Sunday prep race so Rick is going to train tomorrow.

We are now assuming that the race might be on Monday.

Pigeon racing at its best...unpredictable to say the least.

Have a great Thursday!


Afternoon all,

The weather has hit us, but we're pushing through this afternoon for a training toss from the Hamilton Clubhouse (or about...).  Rick is enroute as I type to take in what "decent" weather we have!

The rain and winds were pretty rough this am, so we held off on the planned training toss this morning.  There are still wind gusts happening but the birds seem to do ok in the wind.  Rick has limited the loft flying as the hawks have been present over the property over the last while.  Again, we'll try and do our best with what we have to work with!

FYI - the weather outlook for the next few days is not looking favourable, but again, we'll judge tosses and planned race days accordingly...and most importantly, we'll keep you posted on timelines and plans as often as we can!

Watch for videos and a potential Facebook Live this afternoon if the birds return before I leave to get the kids from school!


Jeane ("The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good afternoon,

I've just closed the race from yesterday - out of wincompanion and will be working on the missing/lost birds list, as there are 10 missing from this toss (285 home from 295 sent).

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for toss information, as we're still not 100% sure on the weather yet.

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good morning everyone,

I've updated the wincompanion RACE from yesterday as a few birds made their way in this morning (now 282 back from 295).  I'll be striking the module off this afternoon to see who is not back and update the list of lost/missing birds today.

It's a little breezy here but the sun is shining with blue skies and few clouds.

Rick was hoping for another toss tomorrow but the winds and rain don't look favourable...we'll keep our eyes on the weather and see how it all goes.

Have a great day,

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


Good evening everyone

We have basketed 295 birds tonight, with hopes that Rick is able to take them around the north side of Lake Ontario.  If the weather is iffy, he'll release them likely from the same point as where the last toss was.  Stay tuned to the updates page and the RACE tab in wincompanion - as I've listed the toss to be a race, so that we can do the hand scanning of the inventory and upload the results like  a race to ensure the clocking system is still all good!

The birds are in great shape - Rick handled everyone of the birds personally, so that he could judge each one of them.

I'm proud of myself tonight - as I've updated the website, so that you can view the payouts more easily.  Check the dropdown menu for the WINCOMPANION link, and at the bottom is the PAYOUTS link.  Just call me a "Jeane-ous" it's my Sunday night humour.

Check out the Facebook Live from tonight - and see if you can see your bird!  Thanks for your support!

See you tomorrow,

Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")


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