The birds were pretty spread out yesterday due to the weather getting worse toward the end of the day, slight drizzle before dark and in to the night. We were still out about 100 birds by nightfall so decided to just give the birds a day off and hope that most of the rest would come in the next morning, which is proving to be exactly what has happened. We are still missing about 40 birds as of the time of posting this, hopefully by the end of the day they will all be back in the loft with a full belly.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be bright and sunny, will return to Oak Springs Road for their second toss from that location. If they all shoot home with no problems then we will progress from there.
Yesterday may be the most educational toss they get this entire series. I would rather weed through them at this point than collect your entry fees and have a toss like yesterday. Our goal is to get the same number to the fnal as we get to the first race, may sound unrealistic but that is what we are shooting for. The only way to do that is to train hard prior to the first race, then train hard between races.
Rick & Olga
Yesterday we conducted our 2nd toss. They all went out together and started to head in the right direction and came home in smaller groups which is to be expected at this short of a distance, they are just checking out the area and some are more adventerous than others. When we get out to 40+ this is when they will for the most part come as a group.
The birds are loaded up for their 3rd toss. Sun peeped through for a minute and now it is a slight overcast. Will wait a little to see if the sun peeks out so the birds will easily orient themselves when released.