News and Updates

   In my haste to reschedule the main race, I did not check when the other one loft races were being held. Next Sunday is the Niagara Falls One Loft main race. We will have our main race on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Shipping will be on Friday, September 6, 2019 , 10 am. Lunch will be provided for those who are here to watch the race on Saturday. If you wish to participate in the loft pool { $ 50.00}  or want to pool your entries, send in your sheets and email or send by paypal your entry monies. We can email you a pool sheet. 

   We will start training today and will be using our new clocking system. There may be gremlins that need to be worked out. Most will be caused by my lack of computor skills.

   The birds look well and Linda will post video's tonight of the birds in the loft. Check out her Salem site on face book.

  Good luck to everyone.



                                                      Congratulations Everyone

   On Friday, the birds were released 480 KM from home. The weather person finally told the truth and provided us with a perfect day. North winds pushed the birds to an awsome speed. In less time that it takes to blow your nose, the prizes were gone. In two minutes, 75 birds were in the clock. 


1.   Gabes Loft                                            $ 4,000.00

2.   V & V Loft                                             $ 2,750.00

3.   Brother's Loft 2                                    $ 1,750.00

4.   Team Portugal                                      $ 1,250.00

5.   Domingos Loft 2                                   $ 1,250.00

6.   JC Loft 2                                              $ 1,000.00

7.   Pigeon Empire.com Guido Madrusan       $ 1,000.00

8.   Weekend at Bernie's                             $   750.00

9.   3 Legged Loft                                       $   750.00

10.  Cruz and Vasco Loft                             $   500.00

11.  Les Deux Suzanne                               $   500.00

12.  Friends of Fatima                                 $   500.00


Short Average Speed winners


1.   Les Deux Suzanne ....PH 19 BB 0303                              $ 1,000.00

2.   Marci/Briggs ....CU 19 CP 0032                                       $   500.00

3.   Wolfhill Loft ....CU 19 WFHL 0199                                   $   500.00

4.   Domingos Loft ....CU 19 BORD 9402                                $   500.00

5.   Gabes Loft .... CU 19 NIAG 0006                                      $   500.00


Again, congratulations to everyone.



   The birds are up in Earlton at 08:30 am. The sky is clear and the air is cool with a temperature of 10 C. There is a north wind at 10KM that will help push them home. The  wind is to increase on the way home but will disappear when close to home.

   Good luck!

Spanky and our gang.



   The birds have had a short toss this morning, 43 KM. They are out this afternoon having a bath and picking in the grass. Tomorrow afternoon they will be loaded and taken for the Salem 280 M race. They are in excellent condition and Friday should prove to be an excellent race. Weather calls for mostly sunshine, a bit of cloud and a wind that will help push them along. 

   We will not be holding our 340 mile race on Sept 1st weekend. I cannot guarentee that our new system will be up and running plus the slight delay in the third race forces us to wait an extra week before the 340 M event. Sorry for this change. I know some of you have made plans and now have to change them. Weather will dictate what day the race will be held. We will keep you informed as we move along.


MONDAY AUG 19, 2019

  Linda took the birds to our 80 KM station, north of Madoc, this morning. The sky was cloudy, a few sprinkles fell but not enough to get their windshields wet. There were plenty of areas with sun. They came like gang busters. There were two way out front who came exactly on line. One trapped, they other sun bathed. The rest of the birds came from the north west with the wind pushing them a bit further west than they should have gone. Before I packed for lunch, 11:300 am, there were 450 + birds in the clock with others still flying around the loft.

   I have just received a message that our new clocking system will arrive in the States by weeks end. We hope to have it here next week.Cheques and diplomas for race 220 have been mailed out.



   The weather is not co-operating at all. The birds like it, I don't. The rain doesn't stop them at all from loft flying or grazing in the grass, but it stops us from taking them out for a toss. Actually, the rain doesn't stop me, the clouds touching the tree tops stop me. Lots of times I have trained my own birds in a light rain and never have I found it to be a problem.  Hopefully we will be able to fly the 280 on Tuesday or Wednesday.

   The new clocking system is schedules to arrive next week. Hope it does. We have had soo much flack regarding the cell systems slow downloading that we will not fly the 340 special untill the new  system is up and running. We hope to have it together before the 1st of the month but if it isn't, the race will be postponed untill it is up and running. Tomorrow, I will have a better idea of when it may arrive. I know some of you have booked hotels and campsites and we hate to disappoint you. We will let you know as soon as possible what is happening so that you can change your plans if needed.



   The birds have had a 3 1/2 day treatment for respiratory. Yesterday, a lot of the birds were handled and it was nice to see that they have recovered nicely from their last race and are almost ready to fly again. I was looking for a couple of birds that were here and then disappeared again. Two birds have come back late from the last race without their electronic bands. Such a pain when that happens. The process of reloading takes a bit of time and I spend all of it cursing the fool who forces me to do this. Yesterday, the birds had a 43 KM toss. The birds left the release site without doodling around and came straight home. We were installing more outlets for the new clocking system and were unable to run our clock yesterday. We are going again this morning and we will turn on the clocking system. Our new clocking system is ordered and when we have the delivery date, we'll let you know. Today, Bell is installing our land line for the internet. 

  The list of master breeder participants and their birds can be found on our website on our home page under events and races, Bernie's Master Breeder Award. 

  The next race in our series will be flown next week on the earliest suitable day possible.


2019-08-13 INVENTORY

   Today and yesterday were great for birds coming home. This morning there were 17 birds on the landing board when I went to the loft. It was suggested to me that the number of different combines now racing and people busy training their birds draw the birds back up and give them the desire to come home. If that's it , thanks for the help.

   I had to restart inventory because I put the wrong group in the wrong pen and lost count. these are all the birds in the loft and includes those that didn't race because of health or injuries or they were picked up or  returned to late and were to tired to race so soon. Most all of these birds will be ready for the main race.

   The Master breeder bird list will be up shortly on our website. 



   The birds were released at 8 AM into a blue sky with white clouds up high. The wind was from the north west blowing at a very steady pace. Half the birds came out of their crates and headed straight south without any hesitation at all. The other half headed east and then north, circling a few times before proceeded to chase the first flock. The wind did not change direction for 90 % of the way home. It did increase in strength. The last forty Kilometers to home, it came straight out of the west and along the lake, while at home, it became south west. While the first group came directly from the north, the end of the day saw the rest of the  birds coming from the south east. Check Linda's video on the Salem facebook site.

                                                     Congratulation to the money winners.

   1. Les Deux Suzannes....................$  2,750.00

   2. Seal Team 6..............................$  2,000.00

   3. Skyview Loft.............................$  1,500.00

   4. Jimmy Zheng Loft .....................$  1,000.00

   5. Him and Me .............................$     750.00

   6. Peter Dyck................................$     750.00

   7. 1-Tonyloft ................................$     500.00

   8. Jimmy Zheng Loft .....................$     500.00

   9. JK Loft 2 ..................................$     500.00

  10. TNT Tom ................................ $     500.00

  11. Marci/Briggs ............................$     500.00

  12. Siver Creek Loft ...................... $     500.00

   The birds will rest for a few days. We will do inventory of all the birds in the loft on Tuesday afternoon and evening.



Ricks computer doesnt work. Birds were up at 8 am. Weather was awesome. Good Luck - Linda

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