News and Updates
Nov-02-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We had extreme fog this morning. It took a while for it to lift. This was followed with strong winds. We will toss from 21 miles tomorrow.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-31-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

CIRCLE 24 and VITA 1272 returned Tuesday morning from the Monday morning toss. VITA 1272 is in good shape. CIRCLE 24 has a bruised crop from flying into something. She is isolated where she can rest and eat for a few days or more. I will try to work her back in if possible.

The weather is really bad for a couple more days and then right back to our 21 mile station.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-29-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The birds were tossed in 1 group today. They had strong winds from the right. They took an hour to arrive but they came on the line of flight. I think they had to stay down low all the way to stay out of the wind as much as possible. 

Almost all the birds came together. As they were going in a hawk showed up. That's why there is a break in the trapping times between birds 107 and 108. 

GTO 1239, ARPU 41080, and GSV 2174 were among the very first birds to trap. The clock missed them. They were scanned when we ran all the birds back over the pads. The last two birds clocked were late today.

The weather looks bad for the next few days. We will loft fly if possible. We will toss the birds from 21 miles at least 1 more time before jumping to 35 miles.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

 

Oct-28-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

NPA 1601 and GTO 894 returned in fine shape this afternoon. They will be going on tomorrow's 21 mile toss. Both birds performed well on the previous 15 mile toss.

Oct-28-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We tossed 2 groups 18 minutes apart. Both groups did very well. The first group missed slightly and hooked in from the north. 

The last 2 birds, HOHC 2930 and FLYH 1849, were among the first birds but were missed by the clock. They were scanned when we ran all the birds back over the pads. We always have 1 more bird home than the list shows due to our mystery bird having a dead band. We will fix this next weekend.

VIK 1212 came home from yesterday's toss as we were basketing the birds for today. She is in good shape, just tired. Of course we kept her home today to eat and rest.

Tomorow we plan to toss from 21 miles.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-27-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We tossed from 15 miles today. We tossed the birds in 2 seperate groups 18 minutes apart. The birds performed faster than on the 10 mile tosses. The second group's time was about 8 minutes faster than the first group. Just so you know, all the birds in the loft are together so the first and second groups are not the same pigeons each time.

The last 2 birds on the list were among the first birds home but were missed by the clock. We still have 6 birds missing but I'm hopeful they will return tomorrow. We will toss from 15 miles again tomorrow. If this toss goes well we will toss from 21 miles on Monday.

Good luck,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-27-2018
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

No training toss today. We had cold and fairly strong head winds out of the north under mostly cloudy skies this morning. I don't like to toss a new spot in these conditions. We are predicted to have nice weather the next 4 days. I'm hoping our two 15 mile tosses and two 21 mile tosses go well. If they do we will be ready for the 35 mile tosses on November 1st and 2nd. After that is our 55 mile station. That is the place we are working for. After 4 or 5 tosses from there we will ship the 75 mile activation toss. 

The birds look really good. Some of them are loft flying up to 3 hours. The super fit group is getting larger.

Tomorrow is our 15 mile toss.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

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

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