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      A relentless attack by a bird of prey scattered the flock in all directions at about 3:00 PM. The birds are slowly making their way back home, one at a time. I bet it wasn't a pigeon fancier who said" Isn't nature grand."


   We didnot release the birds today. It's hot, humid with strong gusty winds and a sky that has fooled me twice. I have already lost 20 plus birds to pop up storms and do not wish to loose any more. Tomorrow and Sunday are to be terrific days and we will do hand inventory then.

Happy Canada Day



   The birds flew an incredible amount of time on Tuesday. I sat and watched for more than two hours while they travelled back and forth around the area. High and low, they were every where. It was the first time they put on such a show. It was also the first time every bird now in the loft went out on their own. Not all went back in. A handfull have sundowners disease. When the sun starts to set, they lose their mind and simply can't figure out how and where to land or where the entrance is. The birds will leave the loft from now on through the loading chute to prepare for trailer loading. On Friday we will set the clock and run an inventory check.


MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022

   On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the birds had open loft and bathwater to keep them happy. With the heat and sudden showers, not many birds flew for very long. The late comers and replacement birds will be released into the main loft by Wednesday. We will give them a couple of days to learn to follow the flock out. On Friday, we will force everyone out and set the clock up to see who is and isn't here. The following week will be the start of forced flying. We will start to sort out the teams, shuffling the extra birds around to equalize the numbers in the teams. This is for those who have extra birds.




   On Friday, all birds, except the replacements just received, were walked out of the loft. Some for their first time. Not all came back in last night. This morning there were 12 on the roof and hopefully are over their fear and will come in soon. I have reset the clock and I hope it carries on with clocking. Also, last night I found a few birds with no electronic band that had made their way into my young bird loft and there are still a couple of bands that skip the clock. We'll correct all this before next Friday's inventory.

    The first 18 birds in the clock were hand scanned. They are the last to arrive to the loft.



  Your birds are doing well. Life has been easy for them. Lots of food, no forced excercize and plenty of free time to hang around the pool and lounge in the grass. Tomorrow that changes. It will be the first time that everyone is locked out. They will be out on the roof and I'm sure the local Redtail will do his part and give everyone a fright or two. We will set the clock to give you an idea of who is here. There are a couple of bands that are not reading, except the electronic number, and a couple who seem to not read at all. In july we will do a hand scan and fix the culprits. Also, we will allocate the extra birds to the proper teams in July and collect the extra activation fee before we start racing in late August. Training begins in July. We have replacements so we won't begin till about the second week with very short " oh look, I live over there" tosses. We will trailer train and keep them in overnight to learn were food and water can be found.




    Today wasn't fun at all. A freak little storm cut our power and I couldn't save the 350 or so birds that had gone thru the traps. I set it up a second time and it also failed. Third time, was the charm. It only had a small problem, me. The glow was off the chore and the desire to do my best was gone. I may have missed scanning a bird or two and you'll not know untill I do it again the end of next week. Check and if your down a quart, send one to fill up your team. Try to get them here by Monday night and please, vaccinate them atleast once.


MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2022

  The health of the birds continues to be excellent. The birds are locked out for two hours everyday and now fly the better part of an hour. Some, of course, are still lazy and need a tennis ball or two to keep moving. 

   All the birds now have their e-ring on. On Sunday, we completed this task and also repaired the odd one that wasn't working. Any other mistakes we'll find when it comes time to hand scan the birds. There were 455 birds fitted with e-rings which includes the spare birds on hand. On Wednesday, the last 120 birds will get their final PMV shot and at that time, these will be hand scanned and the birds that are out flying we'll let run over the traps two times{ going out and coming in } to give us tally of whose here. 

   If you want to replace what's missing, send it along. Any extra birds left at the end of July must be activated before the races start. 



    There were 353 birds that are tagged with their e-rings. There are 322 left in the loft. The basket list shows all birds that were in the loft. This includes the last batch collected and not yet ready to go out. They do not have their e-ring on as of yet. They will be done when they get their last PMV shot and sre ready to be released. If you can't figure out if you are missing a bird, email me or text and I will update you.



    The sound of my truck pulling up to the loft and the slam of the door sets of a symphany of sounds from inside the loft. They know who is here; they are about to be fed. Healthy, energetic birds that pay attention to you charge you up and a day of ordinary chores becomes a day that's enjoyable and stimulating. Gives a little get-up-and-go to my wobbly steps. Our health program set up with the help of Dr Rubin, is working well. So far, no young bird bugaboos to worry about. Knock on wood it stays this way.

    The birds look and act fantastic. Noise is constant and constant noise is music to my ears. They are starting to dress like adults and act the same way. Some of the boys have a line of girls following them around and the more serious ones are already making nests in corners. Flying time has increased dramatically and roaming has started. 

   There are 353 birds that have e-rings on and are out flying. We will hand scan on Monday and post the count against the basket list and you will be able to tell very quickly who is missing. The other birds in the loft do not have e-rings on and are not fully vaccinated and will not be outside for another week or so. They are all here and you can check for them by clicking your name on the breeders list or by checking under the birds list.

   The month of June will be spent loft flying with the flag being used if needed. They will also be loaded into the trailer for a learn to load, eat and drink and for releases at the far end of the field.

   We have a very sick daughter and Linda's time at the loft has been limited. Improvement is in the air and Linda will soon be able to play with her Ipad again.



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