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May-16-2020
May-13-2020
2020-05-13

   I will be in Toronto Thursday evening at about 7 PM.  I will be at the airport and will sit awhile at Burger King for those who want to deliver birds. 

Rick

May-12-2020
MAY 12, 2020

   The birds are out every day. The group gets larger with more and more finding their way out. They have become very comfortable with three of us working in and around the loft and are now a pain having to move them out of the way before we can clean. We have another employee. Her name is Georgia and she helps clean and feed the birds.  On Sunday, Dr Rubin took samples from the birds to check for any underlying issues.

   On Thursday, May 14, I will be in Cornwall at 9 AM to pick up east side birds. Meet me at the Irving Service Centre. On the way back, I will stop anywhere you want to meet along the 401. I will be in Toronto this week. There are flights coming from four different areas but as of today, I don't know the days or the times. Please check here often and I will post as soon as I know. 

Rick

  

May-06-2020
PICKUPS, MAY 9, 2020

   We will not be at the Toronto airport this week. We will be on the road on Saturday and can meet you anywhere along the HWY 401. We will be at Baden Feed at 10:00 AM. We will be in Woodstock at Tim Hortons/Wendy's parking lot at 12:00 noon. Then we will work our way back Home. We already have a pickup at HWY 6 and 401. Call if you want to meet. 

Rick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May-04-2020
MONDAY MAY 4,2020

   Things have been rather hectic. Five trips to the airport this week plus one trip north , one trip east, loads meeting at Burger King, seeing Dale at the border and then those that come to the house.  On top of that, Arlis and I are changing the layout of the loft a bit. We've adding more perches in odd places such as over windows over doors and along the tops of every wall that doesn't have perches on it. More places for them to call their own. So far we have added oodles of little spots which gives us a total of 1688 actual perches. Still, when I go in after dark to tuck them into bed, all the front sun wall wall has birds sitting on the cross sills. They just have to find a different spot to snooze. at present, more than a thousand birds are in the loft. Each night I try to update the list [ some nights I just stare at the screen pretending I am awake].

    The birds are out everyday for at least six hours. With us in the loft so much, most find their way out. Group two has been out for three days and they are also starting to fly with group one. Baths are a daily ritual as is picking in the grass. With us inside so much, the hawk has managed to pick a couple of the roof. When he hits, we can hear the birds scramble and take to the air. Lift off sounds like an elephant landed on the roof. Must be their wings slapping on the metal. 

   All this driving has worn out my driver. Sunday AM saw us at the airport at 6 and in the evening at 9.  The drive back and forth takes 5 hours. Our truck is being rebuilt and the rental can only be driven by her. Last time she'll go to rent a vehicle. She is adamant I keep my hands off it. When she recoups and when Arlis and I complete our adjustments in the loft, Linda will take videos of the birds in and outside the loft and you can see what we have accomplished.

    Actually had a cup of coffee with friends this week, six feet apart of course and out on the deck in the sun. Sooo nice to sit and chat or in my case [deaf] sit and shout.

Rick

Apr-30-2020
THURSDAY APRIL 29.

   Got my first tick. I follow the rules. High topped boots, no shorts, long sleeves, hat. There are times though when you have to stop and step out back behind the loft and walk to the edge of the field. I wasn't anywhere near the tall grass. How these little buggers can jump so far and be so accurate and land on a target so small is beyond me. Now it's total check up every night. Just one more thing to do before I can go to bed.

   Wednesday was a perfect day in the loft. Birds were actually lined up to go out. Our valley runs north from the shore of Lake Ontario for about 2 KM. At best, it is a half KM wide. The birds have been using the airspace around the loft which sits on the west side of the hill, facing south east. A hundred or so have moved on to circling the valley above the hill tops. That's where I like them to be. Up there, they can see for miles and they quickly learn where home is. My Red Tailed neighbour provided them with the motivation needed to fly for most of the afternoon. I walk the landing board when they have their bath's and fly and now they aren't the least bit worried by my presence. Baths were on the landing board all day and when I emptied them at 4 PM, I had to tip a couple out. At 7 PM, I managed to walk 50 birds into the trap without any flying up. A perfect day.

   Thursday is pick up day at Toronto airport/Burger King. Saturday it's Bradford and Sunday its deliveries to our house.

   Keep healthy, stay safe.

Rick

 

 

Apr-29-2020
THURSDAY'S PICKUPS

   The birds are doing much better now. More and more go out each day. We provide baths on a daily basis and I believe  the splashing water draws the slower to leave birds outside. A small group has started flying around the valley and others do their lap around the loft. Lots enjoy some time in the grass. 

    Linda and I will be at the airport on Thursday night and at our spot at Burger King on Dixie at Britannia at 7 PM. We will be there for awhile, our last flight is at 12:15 AM. Don't forget, we will be in Bradford on Saturday at 11 AM and remember Bill Shannon's is coming to our place on Sunday.

Keep on trucking and good health to you.

Rick

Apr-27-2020
SUNDAY, APRIL 26

  On Saturday, we had a pickup in Eastern Ontario and also met with our friends from Quebec. The birds at home had a short time out later in the afternoon. On Sunday, the birds were out for the afternoon and early evening. The gentle rain was perfect for lifting a leg and washing their underside. In fact, they were enjoying the rain so much we filled the tubs and they had a bath. The splashing of the water brought a large number of birds out. In the late afternoon some discovered the grass and that brought the flock down to the ground. Flying was limited to laps around the loft. Health, for the most part, is good but, no matter what precautions we have taken and how great our health program looks on paper, some just haven't got what it takes to live in a large flock. We have lost a small number.

   This week, we will again be in Toronto but we haven't yet set the day. There are several flights coming in and when they are booked, we will set the times we are in. On Saturday, we will be in Bradford at the Tims nearest to highway 400. We'll be there at 11 AM. On Sunday, Bill Shannon, Kitchener, ON, is coming to our place and he will gladly bring your entries along. Please call him to make arrangements. His number is 519 362 7902. Thanks, Bill.

Rick

Apr-23-2020
STRAYING BIRDS

   In our neighbourhood we have 5 fanciers that race and another 6 or so that keep them around for their enjoyment. Two lofts, one of which is my personal loft, are within an eighth of a mile. My neighbour has open lofts and his birds are often picking on the roadway and fields around our locations. It is enevitable that a youngster lands on his loft and stays there. If your bird is reported to the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union, please call me immediately. The time they are there, being fed and given a drink, makes it difficult to stop the bird from going back there again. You loose a chance to win and that is not nice. Bagging it and making it feel not wanted is not my neighbours thing. Being gentle and making it feel like its home is. While that makes him an excellent fancier, it doesn't help you at all.

Rick

Apr-22-2020
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

   On Thursday, April 23 we will be picking up birds. At 4 PM we will be at the 401/Brock Rd exit at Tim Hortons, just north of the 401. At 4:30 PM we will be at Mcdonalds on Markham Rd just South of the 401. At 5 PM we will be at Victoria Park and 401 at Tim Horton, just north of the 401 on Victoria Park. At about 6:30 we will be at Burger King on Dixie Rd at Britania Ave. We will be here about an hour. Please let us know if you are coming to meet us.

Rick 

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