Birds are in the air at 0750, 23 degrees, clear and calm. Birds were relased on Hwy 97 at the Hwy 138 junction about 60 miles north of Klamath Falls, OR. Good luck to everyone.
I would like to congratulate Gomez Loft and De La Torre Loft
for clocking the first two birds on the first drop and splitting $5,000 in Race
#3 (275 miles).
The birds are looking very good right now. Race#2 (200 miles)
was a success and training has gone well.
For Race #3 the winds were forecasted to be the same as the previous
week and I was confident that we would have a great return and subsequently a full
final race, shipping 400 birds.
You have likely seen the results from race #3. The first 2
birds were followed by a flock of 60 birds for a solid start. The first 118
birds were all within seventeen minutes. Twenty minutes went by before the next
birds arrived. They were coming out of
the back and trickling in to the loft. At this point the realization set in
that something went wrong. The tail wind was stronger than forecasted and I suspect
the birds may have overshot and continued down the central valley.
Moving forward we will give the birds four training tosses prior
to the 4th and final race of 350 miles on October 15th.
If you are planning to attend the final race and require
accommodations, I would recommend the following location which is just 1.5
miles from the loft:
Best Western Plus
Delta Inn and Suites
Oakley, CA 94561