News and Updates

   Yesterday, the birds flew a 115 KM toss. The weather was hot with clear skies at both the release point and home. The temperature was 27.5 Celsius. They started with the wind from the side but like most days, they had to deal with strong winds off the lake at home. Flying time was about 2hrs and 8 minutes. Except for the first group, there wasn't any circling about the loft and the first group made only a few short circles. Almost every bird landed directly in front of the traps and came straight in. The later ones who were tired, rested on the board before entering. It was a joy to watch them come home, falling from the sky like rockets heading to earth. There was hardly a moment when something wasn't landing on the board.

   Again, we crossed paths with some others training. Only a couple stayed on but at one time about ten landed on the roof. I know they were strays cause ours have been conditioned to stay off the roof with brightly coloured tennis balls. I just have to show them my bag with brightly coloured balls, and they skedaddle.

   As I write, rain is falling and the clouds are touching the earth. We will have open loft and some time off from the schedule today. Tomorrow, we will go a bit further. Our goal is to work our way to 160 KM before the first race next week.   

   The entries for the Master breeder are starting to arrive. Please send them asap. 


SUNDAY JULY 28, 2019

The list of birds is now on wincompanion. Please go to results, trainers and click todays info. There are 682 birds in the clock. There are two that have to have e-rings and I will do that tonight.

For those that are participating in the Master Breeder race, please send us your pick by email please. rickmbroere@gmail.com

Tomorrow the birds will go on a toss of 100 KM and they will be released in small groups. Tuesday may be to rough for a toss so Wednesday they will go 125 KM. 

Good Luck to all. Rick

SUNDAY JULY 28, 2019

  Yesterday the birds had an excellent toss. At the end of the day, 680 birds clocked. This morning, another was waiting to come in. 

  We are doing hand inventory today using the trap , top pigeon and Wincompanion. There will be sporadic activity on these sites and not untill the end of the day will it be completed. Check after supper and you will have your list. 

Thanks, Rick

JULY 27 AT 12:30 LUNCH

  By 12;00,  653 birds have clocked. Rick


   Yesterday the birds went 43 KM. The sky was clear and the wind helped push them home. Total into the clock was 681. They were released starting at 9:15 am.  Today the birds will be released at 50 KM.  The sky is clear with very little wind.  They should be up around 11 am.


JULY 25, 2019

   The birds were taken for a 43 KM toss this morning. The weather was exactly the same as yesterday, including the head wind. The first group consisted of about 100 birds and after that, it was a mixture of small, about 40 birds and very small groups. The last group released had 100 birds in it and only 50 came on the drop. The rest that came home came one at a time. There were a number of strays that I had to remove from the loft. Just to let you know, I force them to have a drink then bag them and toss them into the air. They may turn to see who that guy was but not many ever come bck. The were three birds that did not go to the race. I thought they were on the clock, but now I just checked, and they are not.

   Tomorrow, another toss with the weather deciding how far I'll go. 





   Today we managed to get the birds out to 43 KM.They were released in small groups and came home that way. The first group went out about 15:45. Traffic was a little slow. Some farmer was out with his manure spreader. The first birds home were out front and came from up high, dove straight to the board and went right in. All birds, except for a small handfull who we will eat next week if they don't smarten up, landed in front of the trap and did not mess around too much before going in.

    We had a beautifull sky with high clouds. The wind was in their face and fairly strong. At bird 670, 2 falcons came streaking out of the sky and I believe one of our birds got smoked. 

   The first bird in the clock was the last one home from yesterday. The next 4 had the day off because of bruises and bangs. Bird # 6 was first in the clock from the toss.

   Today is my birthday and I am going out for a beer and a bite with Linda, Dyann, John and Adam. With such a late toss, I am not running the birds out again to check on the piggy backers. Don't panic if we are short a few birds. More than likely they will show up on tomorrows toss. Back to the cemetery again Thursday. Linda and Dyann have been taking the birds out training and I get to stay home and snooze in my lawn chair waiting for the troops to get home. Almost like heaven.


TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

   I receive "de Duif", a pigeon paper from Belgium/Holland every week and when I finish reading it, I have a tendency to think in Dutch and sometimes, speak Dutch. Trying it on my wife gets me nowhere so I now speak it to the pigeons. The ones with Dutch and Belgium ancestors, listen and respond well. All the others with back grounds from around the world, can't seem to catch on, so I decided to also use sign language. The one fingered word works, the rest not so well. I need a lot more practise. 

   The birds went 29.5 KM today. The sky was bright with some dark clouds that were high and moving right along. The wind was on their right shoulder. The birds arrived in larger groups because today, we let 3 sections of the trailer go at a time.

   The first bird in the clock was the last bird home from yesterdays toss. The second bird in the clock needed to go to the washroom in the worst way so he landed a bit quicker than the other 99 pigeons that were on his tail. Lots of birds hung around outside, some jumped into the tub and others checked out the lawn. THere are still a few birds that climb over top if a bird stops in the trap. We have reduced the flow coming in but some just panic and can't slow done. We let the birds back out at 5 PM and they go over the traps again. This catches the ones missed.

   Tomorrow afternoon we hope to get another 30 KM toss then Thursday we'll head off to Havelock which is about twice as far. Three from Havelock and then we will step out. We will be doing hand inventory shortly. There are some birds missing e-rings and some have e-rings that read not assigned. We'll have all that done before the weekend that you need to pick your Master Breeder bird. We have a booster coming from Amazon that will boost the signal and speed of our clocking unit. The same set up is used in the Crooked River OLR so we'll be good to go. 





MONDAY JULY 22, 2019

   The birds were trained today. They were released in small groups into dark, cloudy skies with  a bit a rain falling and with a slight head wind. They came home in large groups and most came in good time. There were those that wandered. 

   The simm card came later in the afternoon and once it was installed, we let the birds have open trap and let them back out. Now that it is on, other tweeking needs to be done. The speed of transmission is the next to be solved. Apparantly we need a booster and a change of band width. Most birds are now on and will continue to be added as the night goes on. Soon it will be real time. The clock in the loft reads 721 birds.

   Tomorrow we go 25 KM again. Wednesday I have an important appointment at 10 am in Toronto so we will try to do a short toss in the afternoon. Thursday we will go 50 KM.


   We will be doing a hand inventory. Today we found 5 birds without ebands that were banded before. We also have several strays which are tough to spot in a crowd.


   Bernie wishes to thank all of you who are participating in the Master Breeders series.Without your support, it just wouldn't be any fun. This year, Bernie has again donated an awesome mantel clock. Bernie just knows that again, he's going to win all your money and he feels just a little bit sad that you won't get any but he's not sad enough to stop smiling.


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