News and Updates

   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.



   Todays not my birtday but I got a birthday present anyway. Today was one of most enjoyable training tosses ever. Eleven birds came two minuted ahead of a larger group and then it was bird after bird after bird. Small groups, larger groups, singles, doubles, birds strung out one behind the other, just like on race day. There were no happy wanderers today. It was get up and go home day.

   First, the weather. We had lots of sunshine, high, wispy clouds with a stiff tailwind to push them south and to provide relief from the heat.{ I asked my wife how do you spell relief and she said r-o-l-a-i-d-s. Smart ass!} There were dark clouds over Lake Ontario that are to bring rain at the end of the day. 

   While the birds were quick to come home, when here, they continued with yesterdays game of drifting in the updrafts along the side of the hill. The birds gather in large flocks and fly along the tree line eventually drifting over the top and disappearing from sight. Count to four and they reappear coasting one behind the other and swinging down and around the valley to the other end only to do it all over again. Must be cool up there and must be enjoyable to just coast. Best I've ever done is go into a large curve on my motorcycle and go like lickity split into the wind. Maybe they get the same kick out of what they do.

   This year we are using the products of Henk de Weert. This week, because of the heat and humidity, the birds received a preventative treatment for respiratory. It certainly helped. No open mouths or squeeks and rattles.

Tomorrow, hopefully a simm card and the birds will go 25 KM.



       The following fanciers are participating in the Master Breeder series.



Rio and Max
Castleguard Loft
Sunshine Syndicate
Sunset Joe
K&B Cunningham
D&D Loft team 1
D&D Loft team 2
Upper Canada Loft
Flying K9'S                                               
Him and Me
Tatlong Bebe                                               
B&S Loft 4
Sumac Loft team 1
Bonneterre Loft
Sumac Loft team 2
Jason Mihalic
Le Deux Suzanne
Jack's Fire Loft team 1
K. Harry-Paul
Jack's Fire Loft team 2
Granby Loft team 1
Jack's Fire Loft team 2
Granby Loft team 2
Jack's Fire Loft team 3
Wilk Loft
Jack's Fire Loft team 4
Chinese Curry
Mario Rae and Son
Chinese Fried Rice
Texiera Loft
V&V Loft team 1 
Seal Team 6
V&V Loft team 2
Robert Richard
Weekend at Bernie's
Y2K Loft
Lucky 7
3 Legged Loft
Pigeonempire.com Guido Madruson
Brothers Loft
Oscar and Lucas
Lofty Asperations
Archie and Sydney
Nanez and Bator
Mike Bator team 1
Mike Bator team 2
Buffalo Willies team 1
Buffalo Willies team 2
Dutch Touch Int.
Team Portuga
Vaccaro Heavenly Loft
Adirondack Team
A Tanaka
Joe and Mike
New York Friends
Please call,email, or send by pigeon post if I have left you off the list. At the end of next week I would like to post the payout. 
Thanks, Rick
JULY 20, 2019

   No simm card yet. This is very frustrating not only for me but also you. If the card does not arrive Monday AM we will do a hand inventory. I do not want to chase the birds around in this heat for my sake and theirs. At present, we have quiet birds that load well and do not get too upset with my demands but we do need to provide an update on what is in the loft. Monday is suppose to be the start of cooler weather, better for us and better for them.

   On Friday, the birds went a bit over ten KM. The sky was cloudy with a strong breeze on their left shoulder pushing them West. All were released within a half hour of arriving at the release point. The first half came home right on time and from the right direction. The second half took way longer and came mostly from the west. Upon arriving home, all flew for a considerable time in the valley. The winds provided the perfect updraft along the hill top and they took advantage. I suppose it is much cooler up high than on the ground and in the loft. Birds came in small groups and plenty of single birds arrived untill after supper. We received three phone calls from other fanciers and last night we picked up the happy wanderers, including one from my personal loft. There are fanciers who train along the lake shore and a number of their birds stop in for a visit. 

  Today, the sky has closed in with clouds that almost touch the ground, heat that at 7:00 AM is already unbearable and not a song bird flying about. If they sit still, the birds stay home. We will not take the birds out for a toss, Open loft and baths are the order of the day. Tomorrow promises to be better and they will go again.


FRIDAY 2019-07-19

  Yesterday the birds had a 10 KM toss. The weather was sunny. They were released in small groups but came home in sveral large flocks. Most flew around the loft for another hour or so. Today, another 10 KM toss and then we will step out to 25.

   We now have the tracking number for the simm card and it has cleared customs and is now in transit. Hope today is our lucky day. 


THURSDAY 18, 2019

  The rain kept us from training yesterday morning. When it stopped raining, the fog off the lake closed up the sky. We let the birds out for a loft fly in the middle of the afternoon. Today, they are going up the road, 10 KM. 


TUESDAY 16 2019

   The birds were taken just short of 10 KM on Tuesday morning. Loading was a dream with most of the birds walking in without too much fuss. They were released into a strong headwind in a blue sky with a few high clouds. Except for the first two groups, all cleared well. The first two joined together befor leaving the release point. Almost all missed the loft and came home from the south instead of the north. When they came home, all flew for another hour or so. The last group, released at 10:40, didn't enter the loft till almost one o'clock.We brought home a handfull of strays so I'm pretty sure we managed to clash with other birds being trained. At 2 PM, there were 23 birds still missing. By evening all had returned with 3 birds coming minutes apart at 20:50 PM. There were 748 birds that registered in the clock.

  The simm card was sent Monday by courier. Today it should be here.


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