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Oct-24-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The birds were tossed in 1 group today. They had strong right cross-winds and mostly cloudy skies. They cut about 6 minutes off the time they have been taking. AA 13207 was held back today due to a slight chest injury. Birds clocking in 229-236 were not late today. These were missed by the clock. Remember, we have 1 mystery bird with a dead band. We will resolve this in about a week.   

The weather is bad for tomorrow. If possible we will loft fly. Friday is back on the road. This toss will be 15 miles.

Good luck,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-24-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The birds were tossed from 10 miles again yesterday. The clock missed about 4 birds. They were in the 1st group to trap. It appears we lost 1 bird on our 1st 10 mile toss. We also had another bird with a severe injury and he is out of the races. His owner has been contacted. The birds are being released from 10 miles again today. I spotted a bird with a cut on his chest and kept him home to rest. He did train yesterday. I will post his band number later today. I will run all the birds back over the pads later to post any that the clock missed.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-21-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today's toss went good as far as the number of birds clocking at the same time. We tossed in 2 groups 10 minutes apart. The 2 groups came together. The time after the 2 groups got together was good, but the 1st group should have returned 10 minutes sooner.

As I suspected our clock missed a few birds. I did an accurate hand count before and after the toss. I ran all the birds back over the pads later in the day. These birds that were missed were among the 1st birds to arrive. Later birds come in singles so they are always clocked. It appears we have 1 dead band. This means we have 241 birds being trained at this time. We will find it when we individually enter the birds for a training toss. We intend to do this in about 1 week so we will learn who has a bird that isn't being clocked.

We plan to toss from 10 miles tomorrow.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-20-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We tossed in 2 groups today. We tossed on the other side of the Arkansas River near the dam. The birds had headwinds but performed pretty well. We show 3 birds missing but I suspect they are here and got missed when the birds swarmed the trapping system. We will toss the birds again tomorrow from the same spot. If you have a bird that didn't clock today, check back tomorrow and see if he clocks. Some of the birds missed and went by to the northeast. They had to turn around to get back. These birds probably learned more than the others and will probably do better tomorrow.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-18-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The 5 mile toss today went amazing. It took each group 15 minutes to make it home yesterday. At the 10 minute mark I went outside to wait. After 15 minutes I thought the cloudy conditions will slow the birds down today. At the 16 minute mark here come the birds. Makes sense it would take an extra minute. I turned around and the first group was already inside and had eaten all their food. They were standing there quietly stareing at me. The birds I was seeing was the 2nd group! It only took each group 6 minutes or slightly over to make it home today. Yes, we will cross the Arkansas River for our next toss. (:

The late birds on todays toss are not late. They are the birds the clocking system missed. I ran everyone back over the antenna's later to make sure all the birds were clocked. My booster for the antennaes went out but we have a brand new one. We will use it on the next toss. However, when 120 birds hit the pads at about the same time I don't know if any clocking system can keep up with that. We shall see.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-18-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We tossed the birds from 5 miles yesterday (Wednesday) in 2 groups about 1 1/2 hours apart. Both groups returned in 15 minutes. The weather was nvery nice. After that we loft flew the birds for about 1 hour. Today (Thursday) the weather is calling for cloudy. We will toss the birds again from 5 miles and see how they do. If all goes well, the next toss will be from the other side of the Arkansas River which is about 7 miles.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-16-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello Everyone. We have been releasing the birds every possible day. The weather turned bad the last couple of days. When we can't toss them we loft fly if possible. We released the birds from 2 miles twice and 3 miles twice. We will toss from 5 miles on our next toss. We are predicted to have cold, cloudy and rainy weather on Tuesday. Hopefully we can toss from 5 miles on Wednesday and Thursday. Our 5 mile toss is at a dam. When they come home good from there 2 times we will toss them from the other side of the Arkansas River. After that we will toss from 10 miles a couple of times. We will post the 5 mile toss.

It won't be long now.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-06-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Your birds have been released from 1/2 mile 4 times and 1 mile 3 times. The next release will be 2 miles. It has been really hot and humid lately but all the birds look really good.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

 

Sep-28-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello everyone. Today was interesting. An inventory list is posted on our website now. We tossed the first 147 birds clocked from 1/2 mile. Actually the first 148. One of the birds is posted but not counted. We will resolve this soon. I had the birds a little hungry but they were still happy to fly a bit. Some of them flew quite a while. Before we could load the other group to toss them, our lawn care service showed up unannounced. This won't happen again. It did prevent us from tossing the last group today. We still let them out to loft fly. As we did some of them were clocked going out. We will toss them in the morning. Before we called the last group in from their exercise, a hawk chased them. He was unsuccesful but some of the birds stayed out quite a while before returning. Long story short, we have an inventory list posted and we will continue to toss everyday we can.

It is possible the clock missed some birds. When they swarm the trap sometimes a few can be missed. We have a fix for this but forgot to apply it today. Don't be surprised to see a few other birds clocked on the next few tosses.

Good luck,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Sep-25-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Hello Everyone. It's finally time! We will begin tossing the birds short starting on Thursday. We had some crazy weather here lately. We had unusually cool weather for a short while, then the heat index shot up to over 100 degrees for a few days. This was followed with unusually cool temps and rain. I would like to have started the tosses a week ago but the weather didn't cooperate. 

Starting Thursday we will toss from 1/2 mile a few times just to help the birds get adjusted. Then we will toss from 1 mile 2 or 3 times. We plan to post another loft inventory on Thursday night. I will begin sending out posts on a regular basis from now on to keep everyone informed. 

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

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