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Happy New Year 2021 - praying for a better start even though we are off to a shaky start with skyrocketing Covid xases in AZ.

The birds are off to a sluggish start with the extreme cold temps/eating more !!

We are now a couple weeks behind where we wanted to be.

The last group is holding up the progress - but consider we accepted thru August and a few replacements after that and some are not fully moulted.

It's a late hatch series and we are working daily to get them in shape before we take them down the road. Makes no sense to rush them and have early losses! Lightening up the feed, and the usual medication regimen...

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Wishing you and your family all our best wishes for the December season - here is to hoping/praying that 2021 starts trending in the right direction as we close out 2020 ~!

Last week's inventory is finally uploaded - we were having frustration after frustration with problems uploading thinking it was from the rain and Internet. Turns out it was a pinched Unikon computer-to-clock cable when we consolidated the traps to just once trap, and a bad USB port.

Most of the birds are trapping in now to the new "one trap" section. There are still a handful of really stubborn ones that we have to catch at night and put them in  - we leave the lights on and no feed for those  - eventually a few of them have learned to wander in during the  middle of the night.

Sounds like a stuck broken record - but as soon as the birds are comfortable routing and giving me an hour to 90 minutes plus - we are not ready to go down the road ~!

All good so far - we will fix/replace the few missing chip rings this week now that we have the clock figured out. We have already transitioned our personal birds to Benzing Live - and will plan to do that for 2021 race (2 Benzings are already here). This will alleviate all our Unikon/Wincompanion/Internet frustrations ....

Have a safe and Happy holidays ~!!

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We are in the middle of winter here in Arizona high of 61 degrees and down to 38 at night.... I realize that is Summer for most of you.

The last Arizona Federation race is this upcoming weekend and the Tucson Triple Challenge will schedule their Final aslo - and so we will have unlimited use of the friendly skies next week finally. It is one of the main reasons why we pushed our race to January. It's hard with all the 100's of birds traversing our area as we are right on-line for their race course. Lots of birds get dragged to the other side of town as tailwinds have been prevalent. We did pick up one bird almost 80 miles away and a couple about 35 miles away.

Current inventory and birds in loft are mis-matched. We have over 300 birds in loft but the running inventory shows 269. There are a few stubborn ones that we are trying to change their trapping into the main trapping area so that we have one trap this season. They have been out a few nights to the elements and predators. Usually the stubborn ones are the great ones hopefully. We did see a few birds without e-bands that fell off during the last weeks - will correct those shortly and upload.

New running inventory for this week starting tomorrow ~!





Rain rain and rain with almost an inch some places... finally some meaaurable but not put a dent in this year's drought...

No Loft flying today - puddles on the property ... 

Continue with this week's rolling inventory on Friday or Saturday...



No panic - this is the problem with putting up partial inventory. The inventory is partial - section by section - all birds are not out together yet in one group. Hopefully by next week -

We are flying evenings but yesterday and today was windy early - we should have another section out this evening as the wind gusts seem to have subsided - to add to the rolling inventory this week ~!


Birds are being let out in afternoons now - had some windy conditions and we had two birds reported about 45 and 65 miles away and went to go pick them up. Also picked up a couple of birds at the Liberty Wildlife about 20 miles NW of here - these may have joined up with other trainers traversing the area.

As such, we were locked down the last few days with windy conditions -

We have moved our trapping area to only one section (for having a camera on just that one trap vs 3 traps) - and trying to train the birds to go thru that section has been frustrating and slow but we will not give in as some of them are hanging on the aviary trying to get to their sections.

Just a few more weeks of loft flying - we have not started flagging yet ~!


Happy Thanksgiving - wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays during these difficult times ~~


Well - perch fees saga continues - we will continue with or without these breeders ~!

All unpaid (perch fees) birds have been forfeited and remain at the disposal of the Arizona Classic Derby ~!

Our inventory and loft flying will continue next week. Training should start up after the birds are all routing for at least an hour.

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Nice weather this week  - beautiful temperatures and not windy -

Birds are out everyday this week in 4 groups (Group A, B, C, D).

We hopefully should have all the perch fees squared away this week - and will start the clockings again.

Birds will be outside for about a month - let them acclimatize before we start flagging - and then training starts mid December - for races in january.


Best of luck ~!


Windy this week from an abnormal record November high of 99 - rough local race on saturday with strong winds/gust and cold front moving in to drop our temps to 37...

OLR birds will start being let out later this week  in 4 groups after the cold front pushes through. The earlier entries are moulted out, the August entries have a ways to go...

Again - some perch fees are seriously delinquent ~ those who have overdue perch fees please send thiem this week before 15th November. Last call ~~!


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Cool front moved through and dropped our temperatures by 30 degrees. We should be back up to high 80's tomorrow.

Birds are moulting nicely - kind of start and stop with our excessive temperatures hovering over 100 breaking records.

We should start back loft flying by middle of the month - once they start giving me 1 hr +; we will start training. The relaxed schedule this year is really nice - not rushed! Training starts in December and races in January.

A gentle and friendly Reminder: Perch fees are now way overdue (they were due in September). I will start emailing individual folks to get those perch fees in - and yes these are PERCH fees. Someone thought I was asking for entry fees without any training. This request is to get your PERCH fees in - the only race in the world that offered deferred perch fees - wonder if I will do that again next year ???

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