Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Aug 18 -24

Aug 18, 19 and 20 the birds loft flew.

Aug 21
I took the blue team (plus 2 gold 'escorts') to a church at the 2.5 mile point, heading towards Dellinger.
Then I took the gold team to the Walmart on Hwy 411 in Rome.
All were home within 40 minutes.

Aug 22
Took the gold team to Dellinger, then on the way back I took the blue team back to the church.
Gold beat me home, blue were right after them. WTG birds!

Aug 23
Funny thing happened on the way to the toss... The birds were all in the large carrier.
I went over the speed bumps heading up to the school, and evidently the small top door flipped over.
I parked, and heard a noise so I looked in the rear window and saw that the birds were loose all over the truck!
Opened the doors and all of the birds flew out and headed home. Less than 20 minutes later I got the call that they were home and waiting.

Aug 24
Since the birds did so well at 6 miles, I took all 24 to the Girl Scout meeting. We put 2 birds in each of 6 baskets, and the girls released one basket at a time. Then the other 12 were released.
All birds flocked together and headed home in 15 minutes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Aug 15- 17

August 15 both Blue team and Gold team flew 1 1/2 miles, an easy flight for Gold, and a new distance for Blue.

August 16, loft flown

August 17 I took all 24 (Blue and Gold) to Cass Middle for a training toss for Blue, and exercise for Gold.

Then, the 12 members of Gold team went to Adairsville to practice hand tossing with Girl Scouts, in preparation for Relay for Life.

Aug 14, 2010

Since today was the monthly meeting of the North Atlanta Racing Pigeon Club, I took the birds to the clubhouse and released them after the meeting.

The guys were impressed at my 12 pure whites circling, said they were definitely pretty (even if they circled too much for racers).

Weather was icky, but birds made it home in under an hour. This one was 16.1 miles from the loft, point to point (this does not count the multiple circles the birds fly).

Aug 10 - 13

Since this was my first week back at work, birds loft flew daily.

Aug 9

Birds rested after their flight from Calhoun

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 8, 2010

Just looked outside, and bird #1393 was sitting on the landing board, waiting to get in!
I opened the door, and flipped up the trap to let the others out, and all 12 flocked up and flew a victory lap around the yard, then were joined by the blue team (after I flipped up their door as well).

The one that didn't make it home until today was one of the two that returned 16 days after the fly off I had back in May.
A breeder got out by accident and 9 of my babies followed if as it headed for Kentucky.
I did get 7 of the 9 back, during 2 1/2 weeks following. I truly believe that someone took a few of them in for a few days, since they did not come home starving.

August 7, 2010

Today we tossed the birds from Calhoun, 16 air miles from the house. This was around 1 pm.
A little girl from my class actually released one basket after their bowling season trophy ceremony, and my daughter released the second.

I went home and no birds. I didn't stress overly much, knowing they could be taking a long way home.
So I took the girls to band picture day.

At 4 pm, we were on the field, the photographer was taking the group picture, and I looked up and saw my birds circling over the high school (where they have been tossed 4 or 5 times).
There were only 10 of my birds, with a brown bird chasing the last one, trying to cut it out of the flock.
Several times the hawk took one of my birds out of the flock and tried to chase it away.
I was glad to see that the other birds kind of circled, until the separated bird was able to rejoin the flock.

There was nothing I could do, this was still 6 miles from home, so I just watched and hoped.

Once I did get home, I was glad to see 11 of my 12 were in the loft.
While not happy that one is gone, at least the others made it safely.
And who knows, maybe #12 will make it, if it went somewhere to safety.

Aug 6, 2010

Short toss from 1/2 mile to the south.
Both teams, in 2 baskets.

Birds beat me home.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Aug 3-5

Strong electromagnetic storms are keeping the birds close to home.
We're loft flying daily, but have stopped road training until things settle down.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

Today I took the 12 birds of the Gold Team to Dellinger Park, about 10 - 12 miles.
Released at 3pm, and they were home just after I got home.

The two little squeakers that were first hatches from my loft are now loft flying and trapping.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Aug 1, 2010

Took Blue Team out to half a mile, with Gold Team.

I put 6 Blue and 6 Gold in each of 2 baskets, and let one basket loose, then while they were circling I released the second basket.

The two groups merged, and circled a few more times, before heading off towards home.

All made it home safely.