News and Updates
Aug-27-2018
MONDAY AUGUST 27

   A little clarification on Sundays loft fly. Bird 1 and 538 in the trap were late home from the 240 race. They didn't fly at all, except home.  Both are tired and worn down but may recupe.

   The pool sheet will not be on our web site. Mark, my buddy, is out of town and cannot get it done. I will email them to you. Just ask.

   The basketing of the birds will begin at 10 AM on Saturday. We have a lot to do and its a long drive to La Sarre. We have refreshments and burgers for dinner, The loft auction will begin late afternoon and go into the evening. Those not sold will be auctioned on Sunday morning, same as last year.

   You may pool your birds on Saturday or Sunday morning. 

   Today, the birds flew well. All had a fair bit of time on the wing. They need a little time without stress to give them time to stoke up their furnace and I don't think a toss will be needed. Loads had a bath and it will be out for them to use for the rest of the week.

   At present, there are 551 birds in the loft.

Rick

Aug-26-2018
LOFT FLY

The birds all flew this morning. Very few needed encouragement. The birds were let out at 8;45 and we let them back down about 9:45. The last batch to come down flew almost 2 hours. Check from 498 on and see if yours is in that group. As the birds landed, they went in. You can calculate the length of time your bird was up in the air. 

Rick

Aug-26-2018
SUNDAY'S CONCERNS

    I hear through the grapevine that I am not very smart and that I let the pigeons up in an area that has a lot of smoke from the fires in Northern Ontario. I am not the sharpest stick in the bundle but let me assure you, I am not stupid. These accusations are usually from people whose birds do not perform as they expect and I know how frustrating that can be and quickly blaming others is the result. 

   Before I arrive at release sites, I have checked maps, reports, and as I travel, I speak to locals at gas stations, resturants and also with police and ministry workers when I spot them. For several weeks, combine members have been concerned for the well being of their birds and the ministry has been consulted re air quality. We share our information.

   There was smoke in the North Bay area four weeks ago. It was high and not a health risk. Quebec also had a bit. At present, none. 

   There are four of us dabbling at one loft racing in this area. We are competitors yes, but we are civil and we do share info. On top of that, phone calls from all parts of Ontario keep us informed. Do be concerned but also be assured.

Rick

   

Aug-24-2018
CONGRATULATIONS !

   Congratulations to the first ten in our 240KM race.

1st............................Pretty Bird Loft

2nd ......................... Sutton and Wogan

3rd .........................  Silvercreek Loft

4th .........................  Sunshine Loft

5th.........................   Manuel Canto Loft

6th ........................  Teixeia Loft

7th ..........................Mario Rea

8th.......................... Pretty Bird Loft

9th.......................... Fanway Loft

10th ........................First View Loft

Congratulations to all of you who were so close.

 

   As I was leaving for the release point yesterday afternoon, I received a message from Oscar at the Dutch Touch OLR. I learned they were also having a race and it was due south of our release point. I spoke with Oscar and I agreed that neither of us would have a problem. As I started on my journey, I changed my mind. Mishaps occur when you least expect it so why set one up. The second problem I had was with the strength and direction the wind was predicted to blow. This week I am gathering up birds from 200 KM west, next week I don't want to be 200 KM east. I grabbed my map and soon found what I wanted. A spot, same distance away but north west of Oscars release point and far enough west that I didn't have to worry so much about the wind.

   The birds were released at Belleterre, Quebec at 8 AM. The sky was perfect, the air was cool and the wind was dead calm. The birds came out of the trailer and left straight for home. I did not run into any wind untill 11 AM. It came up from the west and increased in speed as I went south. It stayed that way untill I came home. The birds were as fit as a fiddle and the few I handled when I got back are still in that shape. In the last few days, almost 20 birds have come home. All handle well. We will do a loft fly and set the trap to give a count so you can see who is here. The Falcon is a bastard and has struck every day but today.

Rick

Aug-23-2018
FRIDAY RACE-240 M

       By the end of the morning, I will have assessed every pigeon in the loft. I handled about 350 birds yesterday in the late afternoon and evening and shortly, I will start to complete the rest. Ninety percent of the birds are in excellent condition. They have great colour, are blown up again and are ready to race. They were out twice yesterday and flew almost an hour in the morning and an hour twenty minutes in the afternoon. Not all will go to the race. We have birds returning everyday and they will now stay in a seperate compartment and be prepared seperated from the main group untill they are ready to join in again. There are a few with bumps and bruises that need a few more days to regain their strength. 

     Birds are being reported every day. All are to the west with the furthest being in Grimsby. All will be retrieved on the weekend with the hope they will be ready for the 340M special.     

    The birds will be released tomorrow near Dorval Lodge, Quebec, at or around 8 AM depending on the weatherman.

Good Luck to all of you.

Rick 

 

Aug-22-2018
TUESDAY AUGUST 22

   More birds arrived yesterday. Theses are tuckered out. The earlier group loft flew yesterday and got the ride off a life time. A Merlin falcon chased them two times. The only time I have seen pigeons that frightened is when a Peregrine attacked my birds in Montana. Two birds flew to me and hid behind me. I was sitting on the landing board. Unfortunately, the second time around, he was successfull. The birds will exercize today and tomorrow we will compile the basket list and prepare for a race on Friday.

  Birds are being reported that went missing on Sunday. Most all are 200 KM west of us.

  Six cheques have been mailed back to entrants for birds that were not activated.

Thanks, Rick

Aug-21-2018
MASTER BREEDER 2018

       Master Breeder Prizes are:

       First........................$ 2,400.00 plus Clock donated by Bernie Bedard.

       Second....................$ 1,000.00

       Third.......................$ 1,000.00

       Fourth.....................$    400.00

 

       Total prize money is $ 4,800.00

       Rick

Aug-21-2018
PAYOUT FOR 2018 EMPIRE CLASSIC TRIPLE CROWN

Ace Pigeon Awards

First...................................................$ 4,500.00

Second...............................................$ 2,500.00

Third..................................................$ 1,500.00

 

The Empire Classic 180M

First to Fifth.........................................Benzing Clocking Systems

 

The Empire Classic 240 M

First...................................................$ 4,200.00

Second...............................................$ 3,400.00

Third..................................................$ 2,500.00

Fourth................................................$ 1,700.00

Fifth to Tenth......................................$    800.00

 

The Empire Classic 340 M

First...................................................$ 41,000.00

Second...............................................$ 17,000.00

Third.................................................. $  8,500.00

Fourth.............................................. . $  4,200.00

Fifth............................................... .. $   3,400.00

Six to Nine......................................... $   2,500.00

Ten to Thirteen................................... $   1,700.00

Fourteen to Nineteen............................$   1,200.00

Twenty to Thirty.................................. $     600.00

Thirty-one to Forty...............................$     500.00

 

Total Prizes to be paid out is $ 139,600.00 plus 5 clocking systems.

 

Rick

Aug-20-2018
CONGRATULATIONS !

     Empire Classic Triple Crown 180 M.

     Congratulations to all those that won prizes.

     First to Rick Nanez's 8198 who management to be 21.55 minutes ahead of the pack.

     Well done Nanez-Bator.

     Second was won by Denella Loft, winning by a hair, sorry, beak.

     Third , Baracuda-Menier, fast in the air, too slow on the board.

     Fourth to Oscar and Lucas. Well done boys.

     Fifth to Chickcady. Next time she won't let the boys go first.

     Congratulations to all of you that came close, but no cigar. Next chance is soon.

Rick

Aug-20-2018
DAY AFTER

    Yesterdays flight was tough. The weather turned hotter and the winds much stronger than predicted. No excuses though. Four hundred and fifty birds made it on the day. They are coming in this morning at a good clip. We'll leave the clock on. This is a two day race for average speed.

Rick

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