The biggest challenge the birds will face from Glace Bay is
leaving Cape Breton Island
The Le Tour team was released by Bill Madore in Glace Bay, NS at 7:00 am this
morning. The weather conditions were perfect – maybe too perfect. It was
sunny, cool and with the slight north wind. In Bill’s words, “when I released
the birds they immediately flew off in the direction of home without
circling. I have never seen anything like it before”.
Throughout the course the conditions were similar that morning - temperatures
were from the mid low teens to the high teens.
At about 8:15
a very tired solo blue check hen S’land 1621 entered by Harry Sanders
flying for over 13 hours. It took some encouragement but she finally
trapped at 8:22:03. Sunset was at 7:56. There was no evidence on
her feet that she went down. Within an hour this valiant racer
recovered and showed few signs of her ordeal.
go out to Harry for winning Stage 8 of the Le Tour Des Maritimes 2005 from one
of the most difficult release points in Canada.
morning sunrise was at 6:48. It was very overcast so it was almost as dark
as night. At 7:10:47 and still very dark, IND 51783 entered by Bob Percival
trapped. “83” almost made it on the day and I suspect it spent the night on a
roof top quite close to home.
Both birds recuperated quickly and are quite lively in the loft. Just by
looking at them it would be hard to believe what they have just accomplished.
These two are tough birds!
By 9:30 the skies cleared quickly. Only 7 birds arrived the second day for a
total of 8 birds.
Because less than half the
birds shipped arrived by the end of the 2nd day, the
race was left open for one more day.
The following day
the weather was very similar to yesterday’s. It was warm, almost dead
calm with an occasional slight breeze and cloudless most of the day. For
2 days I haven’t seen a wild bird flying or heard any song birds singing.
The predicted high was for 28 C and sunny. Only 3 birds arrived the 3rd
day for a total of 11 birds.
I as well as many
participating fanciers were disappointed at the results for the last race;
however, 1 bird did make it on the day and 7 more on the second day with 5
trapping by dinner time. The last 4 races 300km, 350 km, 400 km and 500
km of the Le Tour series were the toughest that I can remember.
happened release day will remain speculation. Some birds arrived with
red sand on their feet which suggests that they went down on Prince Edward
Island and some didn't even leave Cape Breton and were reported found in several
locations throughout Cape Breton Island. Two weeks later one bird was
reported in Newfoundland. It is 160 km as the ferry goes from Sydney to
I have me theory.
Map of the
Course Provided by Nelson Paw
September 4, 2005
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