A Remarkable Performance
"Perfect Storm", 00 CU 38440 was trained 100 km, 3 x 200 km,
2 x 300 km, 400 km & 500 km for a total of 2200 km.
During the last week of September she with 14 other June
weaned young birds were shipped to Sydney, NS (500 km). The forecast was for cloudy
conditions and a slight chance of showers. At 7:30 I consulted with Bill Madore of the Blue Nose Club about releasing that morning. He reported overcast
skies but no rain. I told him the conditions were great in Bathurst but the
forecast was for the weather to worsen considerably the following day. I
instructed Bill to release the birds when it got brighter. Bill reluctantly
released the birds at 9:30 am. He said the conditions worsened
considerably shortly after the birds were released. Very typical for Cape
Breton and within an hour,
the weather conditions changed dramatically. At 10:30 in Canso, 100 km from
Sydney, heavy rains and very strong wind conditions came out of nowhere. Lothar
Schmitt reported the same conditions in the New Glasgow area. For most of the
day, these conditions existed throughout Nova Scotia; however, it was beautiful
in Northern New Brunswick.
The sun set at 7:00 that day. No birds were home. Being a
foolish optimist, I decided to wait outside a little longer. By 7:20, almost
total darkness had set in.
All of a sudden, out of nowhere and 9:50 hours after the
release, a lone bird dropped in. Amazingly, "Perfect Storm" made
it home on the day. Her sister "Storm Warning" and a cousin bred
out of "99 CU 45084" arrived shortly
after 8:00 the next morning. Needless to say, a remarkable achievement
considering that the Le Tour birds flew from the same point in ideal weather three weeks earlier in 8:57 hours.
"Perfect Storm" was presented to Bill Madore.
As a yearling hen she bred with 2 different cocks 1st & 2nd at 500 km.
These young birds flew the distance in 10 hours in 30 C heat and high humidity.
There were only 3 day birds in the club. In 2003 one of these cocks as a 2
year old flew 880 km (550 miles) on the day in 12:00 hours and as a 3 year old
one of these cocks flew 800 miles arriving late the 2nd day.
In 2004 Bill Madore decided that Perfect Storm belonged at
her birth place. I am very grateful for his decision.