As was the case last year, the birds will receive many very short tosses again this year because they
get used to the procedure of being basketed and spending some time in the narrow confines of the basket. These procedures are associated with a lot of stress. (Observe the birds and see how "spooky" they become!)
will have to orient regardless of how far away from home they are liberated. It still surprises me to see them circle in trying to find their bearings in obvious sight of their loft.
will less likely get lost from such a short distance. They are thus given a chance to learn from their mistakes rather than being condemned for making them.
16-07-2000: We had our first toss today: 3 km - 6 minutes
Only one of the previously sick ones did not want to leave the security of the basket.
Well, if a bird cannot fly 3 km, the breeder is better off without it as he gets credit for next year. 18-07-2000: 5 km - 10 minutes; even the reluctant one was with the group but he was the first one down - and would have won the "race" ;-) 20-07-2000: 5 km - 5 minutes; they are doing very well. 21-07-2000: 5 km - 7 minutes; 22-07-2000: 5 km - 5 minutes; 23-07-2000: 5 km - 6 minutes; 25-07-2000: 15 km - 30 minutes; This was too much for our hesitant friend. Let's wish that he'll find a good home. 26-07-2000: 15 km - 15 minutes; Our friend came some time today but had to go right back so he won't forget. He arrived with the group. 27-07-2000: 15 km - 13 minutes; 28-07-2000: 15 km - 11 minutes; Our friend missed the train and will have to find home by himself as the main group of birds disappears at the blink of an eye. 29-07-2000: 15 km - 12 minutes; Yes, our friend is back home, as is 34348 who was gone for a couple of days. One of the youngsters finds it difficult to keep up with the flock....Not all are created equal! 30-07-2000: 15 km - 11 minutes; 03-08-2000: 15 km - 12 minutes; they really wanted to continue flying afterwards as they stayed locked up yesterday due to bad weather. 04-08-2000: 40 km - 2½ hours for the first one - a catastrophic event. There will be high losses. A toss like
this sends one to the depth of dispair and yet one has to ask the question: "Why are some birds able to fight their way back home and
not others although all got identical treatment?" There is no doubt that some luck is involved as is the case with the outcome in every race but also the birds are not
all created equal. One certainly laments a "smash" but it may just hasten the process of selection which needs to be done at any rate. 013 &107 & 3495 returned in previous weeks.
08-08-2000: 15 km - 15 minutes; The confidence they once had is lacking. 2 more returned today. 09-08-2000: 20 km - 17 minutes; 2 more returned today. We now have 70 back. 10-08-2000: 25 km - 22 minutes; 11-08-2000: 35km - 33 minutes; 0286 returned injured. 12-08-2000: 40km - 36 minutes;
These plots contains the estimated planetary K-index. This index is derived, at the U.S. Air Force Space Forecast Center,
using data from ground-based magnetometers at Meanook, Canada; Sitka, Alaska; Glenlea, Canada; Saint Johns, Canada;
Ottawa, Canada; Newport, Washington; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Boulder, Colorado; and Fresno, California.
These data are made available through the cooperation of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the US Geological Survey.
K-indices of 5 or greater indicate storm-level geomagnetic activity. Geomagnetic storms have been associated with satellite
surface charging and increased atmospheric drag.
This picture (Aug. 12) was downloaded before I went on the toss. I was therefore pleased to find the birds back home when
I returned. 13-08-2000: 75km - 65 minutes; 10082 returned late. The birds 0103,
1105, and 3217 were lost between August 4th and August 13th. 15-08-2000: 75km - 62 minutes; 415 did not return. 17-08-2000: 75km - 68 minutes; 1637, 3217, and 10082 were late.
40km - 36 minutes; 18-08-2000: 40km - 34 minutes; 10082 is late again. 19-08-2000: 160km: clear with very strong head winds; only 26 birds return
as singles or couples on race day. An explanation for the poor outcome
are the strong winds plus the inclusion of birds who came home late
and were not in the necessary condition to leave the basket with confidence. 23-08-2000 AM: 40 km - 2 hrs in small groups. (the late arrivals were included) 24-08-2000 AM: 15 km - 12 minutes 25-08-2000 PM: 40 km - 40 minutes 25-08-2000 AM: 40 km - 32 minutes (the late comers are trained separately)
1637 was 20 minutes late and is obviously not ready yet
PM: 40 km - 33 minutes 26-08-2000 AM: 40 km - 35 minutes (strong head winds) 27-08-2000 AM: 256 km - 426 minutes for the first ones (very strong head winds: 30 - 50 km/hr)
18 good racing pigeons clawed their way back home on the day, inch by inch.
There was no gift today for any bird. 30-08-2000 PM: 15 km - 12 minutes 31-08-2000 AM: 15 km - 12 minutes
PM: 15 km - 12 minutes 01-08-2000 AM: 15 km - 12 minutes
PM: 15 km - 12 minutes 02-09-2000: Locked up due to constant rain. 03-09-2000: Locked up due to constant rain. 04-09-2000 until 07-09-2000 AM & PM: 15 km; good exercise after the tosses. 08-09-2000:locked up to give forced rest. 09-09-2000: Macklin (290 km: it was raining further east) - partial cloud and moderate head winds.
4½ hours for the first group. 11-09-2000 until 14-09-2000 AM & PM: 15 km; good exercise after the tosses until Wednesday; poor exercise after that. 15-09-2000: locked up for forced rest 16-09-2000: Colonsay (340 miles): generally clear skies; released into very light head winds which shifted enroute
to light tail winds. 6½ hours for the first group.