Today, The beginning of fall was marked by the hottest day we have seen all summer. Temps of 31C or 88F feeling like 39C or 100 degreses. On top of this the birds also had shoulder winds being SW.
Every combine here in Ontario either cancelled or shortened their races.
Knowing it would be a difficult day i literally put them up at the crack of dawn. We were blessed with a clear morning, quite often the mornings are fog.
This race series has always been about finding the quality birds and I can tell you that all of these birds showed what they are made of today.
One more race to go to finish this. You should all be proud of the birds that you have bred and sent.
I had planned to fly the 300 today but things didnt work out for me to do this. The 300 will be tomorrow. It will be a tough day as its expected to be the hottest day we have had all year.
There have been a few birds struggling for the past few days as you can see by the trainers. Handling the birds this mor ning I have pulled 3 birds off the team. Royal Z 8595 and 8598 and John and Rick 15391. These 3 birds are simply worn out and it would be cruel to send them tomorrow. There is one more bid on the edge and I will decide after todays toss if it will be basketed for tomorrows race or not. The rest of the birds feel great.
Today the birds went went 50 mies.
This weekend we flew 2 club races and 2 open races in different feds. We had to put one open race in the same modue that we use for the Quad birds. The races yesterday were strangly difficult and strike off for 2 races was postponed to today. Because of this we need the Quad module to go to a strike off at 10 30 this morning.
So, when the qud birds arrive their will be no module in the base. We will upload the result as soon as we can but im not sure that it will work properly without the module. Worst case we can let the birds out again and run them back thru the trap.
The next race will likely be this coming Friday. The birds are training well and we continue with the program.
I HAD TO CALL TERRY TO HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH TODAYS CLOCKING.
IT SEEMS THAT THE BATTERY IN THE uNIKON BASE IS GOING AND NOT HOLDING THE CORRECT TIME AS IT HAD THE BIRDS CLOCKING 20 MINUTES BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED. tERRY TOLD ME TO ADJUST THE TIME BACK BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED SO i DID THAT AND IT WORKED. tHE SPEEDS MAY NOT BE CORRECT BUT THEY ARE CLOSE AND THE BIRDS ARE SHOWN.
ALL BIRDS WILL TRAIN TOMORROW. THE 3 2ND DAY BIRDS WERE GIVEN AN EXTRA DAY OF REST TODAY BUT WILL GO TOMORROW.
Congratulations to the breeders of the birds in the first race. 2 nice drops came pretty close together and half of the birds were clcoked in 10 minutes.
Training will resumn tomorrow but we will have to watch the rest of the week carefully with some wet weather and very strong winds moving through. We will look to have the next race in the next 7 to 10 days.
I had to call Terry for some help with Wincompanion. I set things up wrong last night and Terry helped me fix it. It will still show my own personal birds in the result for now but I will go in and delete them later so only the Quad birds show up.
Really fast race today. Most of the birds are now home. It looks like 7 missing as of this moment.
Tomorrow we will begin the 4 race average speed series with the first race from North Gower Ontario, a distance of 250 miles.
The birds have been training well and it's time to begin.
We have had unusual winds this week with a lot of east in them but that won't last. Next week it switches back to Head winds and some strong ones at that.
There will be 2 combines racing from the east tomorrow and both are at a shorter distance. I will wait until they are both liberated before I let the Quad birds go so there is no chance of them getting mixed up.
Good luck to everyone. Let the fun begin!
Good morning breeders, today the birds will just hand around home and relax.
They did really well yesterday for the most part.
Training will continue tomorrow.
Its a beautiful day here today. We have had cool nights and the days have not been hot. It almost feels like October weather. I hope thats not a sign of an early winter coming.
All combines local to us are racing today.
We had a couple birds in the hospital that we wanted to try and work back in so we figured today would be a good time to do it. LIH 603 and SLI 548. Thse two will be far behind the others in conditioning but we will try to get them going.
We are almost at the half way point with combine racing here in Ontario. The next 5 to 6 weeks will see it all finished again. The special races will start soon with a small one next week. We are on track to finish up the Quad race about the same time as the combines finsh. This is one of the challenges to ORL's in Canada I feel. In comparison to most of the central and southern US we have a relatively short season. Our winters last long and come early so we cant race into November and December like so many others can.
Next week we will go 200 miles somewhere near mid week depending on the weather. Were aiming for Wednesday at this point. The first race in the average speed series being a 250 will happen about a week after the 200. The birds are performing great and were looking forward to seeing who the real soldiers are in this little group.
The 150 was a good trainer. 36 of 40 birds home in under 20 minutes. Looks like one bird is missing still.
I just got home myself after driving 700 miles today. After I released the birds I drove another 90 minutes SE to meet Dale Zehr at the border. Dale is such a great help to this sport being the point person for birds travelling across the border. Today he brought over 200 birds on their way to Derby Arona and 7 birds for me. After leaving Dale I drove east another 2 plus hours to pick up my mother in Law in Quebec. Long day but it's good to be home.