News and Updates

Birds have been working EXTREMELY hard this past week. Combination of loft flying, open loft, flagging, short tosses, hawks and dealing with winds.

Seems like one group got in trouble today - we had some winds kick up late morning and all afternoon. We should see most of those missing trickling back in.

Will rest up the birds on Monday (loft flying only with a couple hours open loft in the morning) - give them a chance to recharge and build their confidence back - and will reset at 10 miles and birds will go every day this week starting Tuesday, Wed, Thur, Friday, Sunday.

We had some upload issues today. Also not able to do Live Mobile streaming as we do not have 1000 Youtube subscribers - so will setup a regular cam to the computer for the races. But be sure to watch our YouTube Channel "Arizona Classic Derby" for clips everyday this past week.

These short tosses are meaningless for clocking purposes as we don't want the birds to just get 20 minutes flight time and in the loft - so they are being locked out to get some additional flying time in on these shorter tosses. We will continue that until  tosses are about 1 hr on the wing. We will tighten up the feed as we get longer to get them trapping well - right now the goal is just orienting and wing time and one crate at a time ~!

The OLR birds are on the same race-course as the Arizona Federation Old Bird season, so training is aligned perfect for me. We were lucky to have 1st Federation yesterday 36 lofts, 800 birds from 145 miles - the OLR birds are on the same system as our OB race team - so that is a good correlation checkpoint to gauge our health, feeding, training regimen.



Based on where the birds are at today with the wing time (wind, weather and hawks) - this is our schedule.

The birds have been in basket at end of lot, and a few repetitive short tosses this week. Our first published training will be 25 miles.

Schedule (will most likely pull-in as training progress with 4 weeks of official training). Our regimen has always been 5-7 days max between races.

Race 150 – 21 mar

Race 190 – 26 mar

Race 230 – 1 apr (Entry fees)

Race 275 – 7 apr

Race 350 – 13 apr



We are testing out the Live Stream every day this week:

Arizona Classic Derby - YouTube


Birds have been out every day for the past week from 11am to dark. With the breezy afternoons and return of the hawks, theu have been getting  air time. All birds are out in one group. We had some gusty weather Friday evening and windy Saturday - but the time is here to get them on the road.

Like the rest of the country - weird weather patterns. We are expecting gusts to 30 Tuesday and rain along the course Wednesday - so have to wait a couple more days.

This weekend, will have our Live uoutube channel streaming "arizona classic derby" - will send the details if uou are unable to find it.

best regards



Birds are on open loft every daybthis week - gettting them built back up and up flying.

Some of them were really beaten up between the nasty storms that came thru that caught us by surprise.

One group was still outside when the winds came thru, then followed 3 days of wind, cold and rain making it tough for them to make their way back. Two weeks of unusual from 40 deg to 80 deg, rain, snow around...
The next 7 days is supposed to be great weather - and we will have them on open loft every day and then on the road ~!!



Nature like everything else is upside-down. It normally is 65-70 and beautiful training weather !!
Windy and 2 days of rain last week with birds only out once. 
We were caught by surprise and Had 2 casualties with a handful missing.

Today another powerful storm is here  with rain,and snow even in the surrounding valley.

Sunday thru Tuesday rain, only opportunity to let birds out will be on Wednesday Where we do our next inventory.
Another rain and snow-maker makes its way on Thursday - Friday.

So we are unpredictably on hold for these next few days...this is not typical !!!





Three days of intense loft cleaning/scrubbing - inside and under loft ~! We find that a deep cleaning pre-training removing/minimizing all dust alleviates potential respiratory during the training season before our roadwork begins. The birds have been babied enough ~!


We will put some dates to this shortly (monitoring some weather this week windy/rain) - but this is our base training regimen to 100 miles the last few years -

10 miles (several times until birds AND handler are comfortable)

15 -25-35-45-45

55 (several times)

75 (twice)

100 miles


Once races start typically 2-3 tosses between races 50-75-50... and 5-7 days max between races ~!

Best regards ~~! 


Best wishes for 2021 ~!

Windy days here - will have another clocking up shortly starting tomorrow~!

Birds are progressing and slowly learning the new section for trapping - should have the last group trapping where we want them to - reduced feed and a temporary wire aviary on the trap has helped ~! We are hesitant to force fly in this scenario as these birds are lots of late hatches that we don't want to encourage a fly-away.

Other than that - the majority of birds have slicked out - and looking really nice - ZERO health issues~!

Best regards




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...

best regards




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 ~!!

Best regards




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 ~!




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