News and Updates

   The birds were released 1.5 KM north of Maynooth. The were gone in a flash. No left turn, right turn just dead ahead and gone. The wind was from the north-east at a slight clip and the sky was clear. At home, the wind pushed them east and we had some high clouds. Congratulation to Pete the breeder and the Battlefield gang for being first through the hole. As always, the ones with get up to go home were here in excellent time. Linda watched and said it was a continues stream. The wanderers are living up to their name. Some are still out there sight seeing. 

   At 2:30 or so, the birds were let back out and locked out while Linda and I refreshed the feed and water. Plenty made use of the fresh baths and took their sweet time getting back into the loft.

   If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will fit in tosses to keep them loose. If it does, we will be at 180 miles on Wednesday.

   I have a pile of letters and cheques, emails and text messages to sort out. As quick as I can, we'll post this years payout on the message board and web site.



   Saturday night and all is well. Just went to lock up the loft and was surprised to see one drop out of the sky. As it went for the trap, another that was huddled on a window sill was motivated to get off her wing and toddle in with the new arrival. 

   On Sunday we'll take the birds for their 140 KM toss. A few are a bit tired and will be basketed seperately and released 50 KM from home. That will help them more than being forced to fly a longer flight. They will go again Monday or Tuesday for another toss to bring them up to par. We hope to fly the first race this week, maybe Wednesday. It all depends on the weather.

   If you haven't activated your extra birds, please take the time. If you know someone who isn't on line, please tell them. I am going down the list and calling those who as yet have not responded and hope to finish the list tomorrow afternoon. 



   Just a reminder, please activate by Sunday night your extra birds. Time is running out.



    On Friday, the birds were released in Glen Alda, 90 KM from the loft. The sky was clear and the wind was from the north. They were home long before I was. The first bird in the clock was the last bird home from the day before. Sorry boys. The first place bird in the 100 cm dash is owned by Andy Lewandowski. Congratulations Andy.

   Friday afternoon the birds spent going in and out of the loft, flying a bit, swimming a bit and a lot of picking in the grass. Today they will also be out as we are doing loft cleaning this morning. No time tomorrow as the birds will be going to Maynooth, 140 KM. Hopefully, a bit more time on the wing. Good luck to everyone.

   Your activation dues are to be in by Sunday evening. Please do so and let me know please. We will publish the prize list on the message board and the web site when we are ready. 

Thanks, Rick


The birds were released at 10 AM.  Traffic was light, I was fast.



   Hi   Bet your all wondering what this old Dutchman has been up to. Too much. We have checked every band again and solved our problems once and for all, I hope. Several were missing and a couple had split. We completed the chore this morning and decided a short toss was in order. They were released at 2 PM. They did not hang around. Small groups pulled away and disappeared el pronto. A larger group made 2 circles and headed south east. The weather was cloudy with a strong wind from the south west pushing them into the east. The last to arrive home had to dodge a few rain drops.

   The first 2 birds in the clock slipped out of my hands as I was fitting the GPS bands onto their leg. They don't count. As an aside, the other two that went with the band on, first time on their leg, came home in good time. The third bird home was from the last toss. Todays winner of the 100 CM dash is Ray Rowan, Bonnetterre Loft. Congratulations. Now you can buy your old dog a new coat.

   Tomorrow, if the weather gods will let us, we are going 90 km. Sunday to Bancroft, 120 km or so.



   On Monday, the birds were released together 46 KM from home. Congratulations to Carlos Teixeira. His bird won the 100 cm dash and beat 34 other birds that landed on the drop. Good shoes matter.

   The birds were released at 9:15 AM into a sunny sky. Our release point is higher than the surrounding country side and you can see for a long way. South, along the lake, there was a bit of haze. The winds were from the south west at 18 KM, pushing them to the east. When released, they formed 5 groups. Two left rather quickly but the rest decided to join together and circled a number of times before heading south east. At home, they arrived in small groups and singles, coming from all directions untill 15 minutes after the first group landed. After that, all came from the east. Tuesday, weather is crappy so loft flying and R&R.




    The birds have open loft and spend the better part of their day flying. The wind off the lake is cool and I am sure it is more comfortable up in the air. They have three bath tubs to pick from and I think they use each one of them.

    The plan has changed because of this heat. There are about 800 birds in the loft. Today we'll set the clock and let them go through the traps to take a count. On Monday and for the rest of the week, or at least untill the humidity is lower, we will take early morning short tosses. All will be released together and the $ 100 for first still stands. The bird with the best track shoes will win. 

   This week we will take inventory.



   The birds were released on Thursday at Jacsons Farm, 90 KM from the loft. The sky had lots of clouds in it but it was bright both at home and at the release site. They had a cool wind on their right  shoulder from the west. All cleared quickly, heading south east. They were released in 6 groups. about 150 per group. The first group was released at noon and all were in the air in 15 minutes. They came home strung out like a string of pearls but in small groups, landing in front of the traps and going in quickly. They came from the east, north and a ton from the west. As always, we have the late comers, almost all coming from the west. 

   The next few days are to be hotter than hot. Today rest and a bath, tomorrow the combines race and we stay home and Sunday, if OK, we;ll go again.



   The birds spent Wednesday in and out of the loft. The sky was dark and the wind was strong. The storms we were to have did not happen. The birds spent a lot of time in the air and at one point almost all were in the grass. They have bath water on the landing deck and no matter when you look, birds are in the tubs. Last one in will still be a dirty bird when he comes out.

   Today we will go to Jackson's farm, about 90 KM. The birds are more than ready. They will be released in small groups today.


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