Good morning everyone,
A little tardy on the upload of the results from the 40km training toss yesterday, my apologies.
You'll note I used the 35km tracking spot in wincompanion as this 40km is an approximate distance.
259 birds have clocked in.
Plan for today was another toss - but it is calling for rain, and we're currently surrounded by rain. Rick hopes to get them released for a good toss tomorrow morning if weather permits.
Happy Friday everyone, see you soon!
Jeane (aka "The 1st Pigeon Lady")
Good morning everyone
Rick was able to get the birds out for a ...20-25km as the weather looked to be "clear" for about an hour.
He released them around 8:45 released and they clocked in around 9:15am.
Rick made it home as they were arriving - and he noted that they came home in a group with a few scattered ones after.
As it sits at 11:10am, there are 259 out of 262 in the clock. They trapped fairly quickly.
I will upload the results when I get home from work later this afternoon.
Have a great day everyone,
So the weather is not looking great for the morning, but we still pushed ahead with a hand basketing...finished and posted now. There are 262 birds ready for a fly.
Rick is hoping to get a 20km toss in tomorrow morning (Monday) but not 100% sure that'll happen with the rain.
I'll keep you posted as to what transpires in the morning.
Cross your fingers!
So there was downpours last night with crazy thunder and lightning when Rick went to basket the birds - the rain was unbelievable and the hydro was flickering on and off. Not a great idea to put the birds through that.
Our aim now, since there's rain the forecast all day, is to do a Hand scan tonight and do a Live to say hi while in the process.
Hope to see you on Facebook later this evening!
I've finally uploaded the training toss from yesterday - Fri. Aug. 19th. They were released at 9:05am and came home well.
I'm behind with this post - as I've been busy with my own work (this is Jeane) and went to the Canada Games early this morning and home later today! Great times in Niagara with these events.
Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Rick is basketing the birds tonight for another toss, planned for Sunday morning. We will be doing a basket list for this so we'll have an updated hand inventory this way.
Good morning flyers!
The first official training tosswas started this morning. The birds completed a 5km toss in sunny conditions. They came back as a large group and a video of their return is on Facebook as well. Please look under the Trainer tab in wincompanion in the website for the results. A hand inventory will still occur this week to check the bands.
With training underway, the plan is to continue training the birds for the new few weeks. After each “Prep Race”, Rick will determine recovery time required before the next begins. Likely the 4 Prep Races will be planned at about 5 days apart - of course weather dependent. The Main Race will be likely a week following the last Prep Race.
Prize amounts to be posted in next couple of days under the Payout tab under wincompanion.
Good evening everyone
Took me a little longer than anticipated to get the inventory up. It states 264 - however, Rick and I are pretty certain that some bands aren't scanning properly (this often happens each year).
We will be doing a hand inventory this week - if we can't get the scanning done accurately. A hand inventory just means we will handle each bird individually and scan them across the pad to ensure their bands are working properly.
Training will start next week - and the races will start soon!
Hope everyone had a great Monday - and see you online!
Good afternoon everyone
The inventory is up on wincompanion - looks like we have 289 birds there.
I'm going to get a tentative training/race schedule on an update this week so you can see the plan.
The birds are looking great - and enjoying their flying time in the fresh air.
I'll keep you posted! Tune into Facebook for the Facebook Live posts as well as some videos...
Hope you're enjoying your Civic Holiday weekend!
Good evening flyers,
Rick was able to get an inventory done today. The birds are getting lots of loft flying done, and the official training will begin soon.
There are a total of 293 in the module - and we will follow up with a hand inventory soon, so that we know all the bands are working properly.
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and loooking forward to our race season truly beginning!
Have a great week,
Good morning flyers,
Not sure if you got to check out the Facebook Live post from yesterday afternoon - but I did a loft walk through and showed the rain that was coming.
Birds are looking good. Rick has them flying outside in groups of approximately 100.
It's overcast today - lots of rain so far this morning...hopefully we'll get some pictures/videos of the birds out flying this week for you.
Another invnentory will be coming this week.
Hope you all had a great weekend, and Happy Monday!