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.