News and Updates

   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


   The frustration we all have with this new cell phone/techie stuff is driving me to drink, lots! Luckely, the end to all this frustration is near and I can go back to just sipping a little drink now and then . We are switching over to a land line based system that shows results in real time. I have asked to have it all installed by our main race and hopefully they will follow through and complete the turn over in time. 

   The birds had an excellent toss this morning. They had a helping tail wind today. Upon arrival, most did a few more laps. One group enjoying the cool air, spent a considerable amount of time dipping and diving. The birds were extremely high when they arrived and had to corkscrew their way down to the loft. Fifteen birds did not train this morning. Of these, ten will not fly the second race.

   After consulting with my weather expert/pigeon flyers and the many sites available on line, we have decided to race on Sunday. I will be taking the birds for the 370 KM/220 M race.

Good luck to all participants.




    Yesterdays toss went well. The release time was wrong. The birds were let up at 9:30 am.  A lot of birds went to the ground an picked at the soil. Don't let the arrival time bother you. The first four hit the trap from the inside while I was putting down feed and changing the water. The last few sat on the trap while I was feeding this morning. Next time I'll shut the clock off. Today, the birds have gone 60 KM and will be up at 9:50 AM. Our plan is to have the next race on Monday. The weather looks promising and there will be no clashes with the combines.



   The birds are home and in the clock. Topigeon is working on the clocking system and the results will be show as soon as possible.



   The birds are flying well around the loft. Most are ready to start a bit of road work. Today they will have a toss  from Havelock, 43 KM, from the loft. Eleven will stay home today. The next race was to be held this weekend but at this moment, I feel a couple of extra days at home will be better.



  The birds were released this morning into a clear sky with very little wind and with very comfortable temperatures. Half way home the wind picked up and by home it was strong from the east. By afternoon, the heat started to return. The first three birds came on the line of flight, from up high and made the drop into the trap before you could say " bird". The rest all came from the west, following the lake home and then turning north to the loft. The birds worked hard to get home and were tired. By late afternoon, the noise level had returned to normal and everyday activities had resumed. 

   Congratulations to all participants whose birds came home and hats off to the money winners.

1.   Les deux Suzannes

2.   Pigeonempire.com Guido Madrusan

3.   Marci/Briggs

4.   Archie and Sydney

5.   JK Loft 2

6.   West Coast Syndicate

7.   Wolfhill Loft

8.   Wolfhill Loft


  The birds will be rested a bit and enjoy the loft and surroundings for a couple of days before they start to prepare for the next race. The late ones will get special care before they join in with the earlier birds.



    On Friday, the birds had an excellent 80 KM toss in perfect weather. In the afternoon, they were let out again and they flew well over an hour without any incouragement from me. The birds left Saturday afternoon and will race today from our 180 mile station. They are up at 07:30 in clear skies with the wind from the north east . Good luck to everybody. 


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