News and Updates

     The birds were released this morning into cloudy skies. While doing chores, cloudy skies turned into a wicked storm. Most birds rode it out on the roof while a portion decided flying out of the storms path would be a wise move. It has taken some time but slowly they are returning home. 

   The last group of birds have not been entered into the computor. I am short handed this week and have to do all chores on my own. Being slow hasn't helped. Also, unvacinated birds donot have their e-ring as of yet. Upon their second shot, they will get their e-ring. We will do a complete inventory the first of next week. Of the 353 flying out, check the clock and see where you stand regarding the numbers you still have here. Birds not completely vaccinated and the last to arrive here, have not been out and all are here.


   There are 353 birds with e-rings flying out. There are 321 in the loft today.










SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022

   The birds are healthy and flying well. Today we will set up the clock and record the birds as they trap. We have birds coming to the loft today and we have pickups tomorrow.  Next week, when all ebands are on, we'll do a hand inventory. If any replacements are needed, that will be the week to get them in to us. There are still birds who need their second PMV shot and they will not fly out today.


   A loose connection at the trap has stopped the bird count. We will redo inventory on Wednesday after all birds are entered. Sorry, Rick

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022

   The birds remain healthy and are flying longer everyday. They now form groups and are starting to roam the valley, going in all directions. The last group out are also up in the air but they, for the most part, only circle the loft. Linda's taken a couple of shots and you can check out the birds progress on her face book page.

   On Friday we will be traveling north of the city of Toronto and then working our way south to the airport for the supper hour. We will be at West Jet for awhile. On Saturday, we will be in the Port Perry area for pickups late morning. 



   The birds are doing very well. At the end of Sunday's inventory, we were 8 birds short. Monday we had three on the landing board waiting to get in. Monday was innoculating day with 150 birds getting their shots. I am still a bit surprised withn the number of you that don't prepare the birds for contact with so many others. The extra work for me isn't a bother but you are depriving your birds of three weeks of flying time. This week, more birds will be flying out for the first time so we will do inventory again this coming weekend. 



   Three hundred and fifty one birds are in the loft as of today. One hundred birds, collected this week, stayed inside the fly pens. The rest went out. There are fifteen birds that didn't go through the clock. Five because their team heading was changed and they need new ebands and ten because they were too young for the main group and are by themselves and I had no desire to chase them around today. Power shut down three times forcing us to reset the clock so we have no idea if all birds were clocked. We will do this again tomorrow to double check inventory.


SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022

   The birds are healthy and many are starting to fly. On Sunday we will do inventory. Those flying will use the trap and those just new, we will hand scan. Linda plans a video of the birds outside for her facebook page.

   We have several groups arriving in the middle of next week and another next Saturday. The end of the month is cut off day and it will be here sooner than you think.  I have one more trip planned for the east area, one for the north and three for the airport in TO. Call if you need a pickup.


MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022

   The days are no longer long enough. Schedules planned are a waste of time. It seems airlines no longer care if deliveries are on time or not. Waiting and pacing are now part of picking up birds. It throws a wrench into all the other jobs that need to be done.

   The birds are healthy and active. Almost all go out everyday. At the end of this week, we will have a complete inventory of the birds in the loft. Our planned pickups this week are Wednesday, day time, north along the 400, in the  evening, Pearson airport, and Friday, Cornwall. On Thursday we have short trips to the east. Call my cell 905 269 2348 if you want to meet.


FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022

  I will br at Pearson airport tonight. We will be at Burger King, Brittania and Dixie Rd at 7:30 this evening to take delivery of your birds. Rick



  The birds are doing well with 150 now going in and out. Plenty of sunshine certainly helps. We will be in the Burlington/Oakville area this afternoon and at Toronto Pearson airport for pickups this evening. We will be at the US border at Alexandria Bay tomorrow and again at the airport in TO on Friday night. If we need to stop to meet you, call or text my cell, 905 269 2348.



   On Friday, 81 of 102 birds in the first section took advantage of the open trap to explore outside. We donot push the birds out the first couple of weeks so those that don't find the trap stay in.  Today we are picking up birds in Toronto and the birds will have to stay in the fly pens and enjoy a bath. Our pick up at the USA border has been postponed untill Friday. Paper work is pending.  

    Next week our schedule will be Thursday afternoon, Burlington/Oakville and Toronto airport in the evening. Friday the border in Gananogue and Friday evening Toronto to deliver birds and the airport to ship. There's plenty of opportunities to meet next week.


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