|Not my pic - Never got that close.|
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The birds are easy to load. And very quiet - except one: Ug! That ugly common has trapped back in! I took him off 42 miles and he came back two days later after (as far as I know) only being in the loft one day. Impressive homing instinct for a mature, untrained common barn pigeon. Let's see if he can come back from 64 miles.
I was early. The site is higher so just as I got there the elevation rose so that the sun rose. I would give it another 12 minutes while the birds settled. I gave the common a 12 minute head start. ;-) When I released them, they circled only once and then headed on an exact bearing for home. Sixteen beat me home. According to the weather channel, they had a 2mph head wind and still covered 64 miles in 67 minutes. (Wow! Please do that in a race sometime!) The other half was WAY out. My theory is these guys were so fast the others wore out trying to keep up and must've set down to rest because they have been coming in all together from 42 miles (last 3 of 5 drops anyway).
Surprises - 5391, the son of 306, came in 3rd seconds behind the first two (the first 15 all clocked in within 2 minutes. 306 was the son of a white show racer and my slowest but very loyal 500 mile bird. It'll be interesting to see how he does in races.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|My favorite drop|
|racing pigeons against sunrise|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I wrote down the numbers of the birds that clocked in mostly together more than an hour late - the rest were way out and all over the place. I figured the 2nd half of stragglers pulled these guys down SO I basketed them separately for a separate release. When I release the "fast" birds - they would not leave the site. They kept circling and coming back. After nearly 20 minutes, as risk for being late for work, I released the "slow" birds. They quickly found the others and together they all went straight home and clocked in pretty on time. Weird.
This morning I had 30 birds in the loft. 10 of my 12 blacks (dropped Picard). I dropped both pretty tortoise grizzles from Alaska. That makes at least half the Alaska birds. These guys are kitting tightly and took off in a hurry towards home. It was their 4th drop from 42 miles. About 2 miles north, they crossed in front of me coming back heading straight west from the east. *sigh* (They should be going straight NNW). Oh well. I hope to get them down there tomorrow and Friday and then jump them up to 64 miles Sat & Sun. The race is only 92 miles next Wednesday so they should be fine.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I finally remembered to turn on my camera before releasing! :-)
Friday, August 12, 2011
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It is going to be exciting this year. I still need to get all the racing bands on the birds and get them in the computer. I hope to get them used to the computer trap sooner this year (that would be right now!). I took a week off to medicate them. I believe many of them had respiratory infections. They are mostly looking better now. I hope to jump them up to 12 miles tomorrow. 16 days until we basket for the first race. Yikes! I'll be lucky to get them trained out as far as I like (64 miles).