In summary, when the first group of birds (4973, 4992, 4962) arrived in Edmonton a string of other pigeons were flying on their way home; 4 pigeons (4984, 4977, 4958, 4954) 5.432 km behind, a single bird (4963) 32.652 km behind and a fourth group of 3 pigeons (14535, 14545, 14590) 37.308 km behind this first group.
The first group arrived at 16:27:40 while the second group arrived at 16:32:31, both groups outworking the competition by half an hour. This second group of 4 pigeons arrived home 5 minutes after the leaders and has trailed 5.4 km which is not much considering that it took 9 hours to create this gap.
Although this year's race was relatively easy on our birds resulting in a return of almost all birds entered, there are always exceptions that cannot be successful regardless of how low the demand placed on them. Mother Nature would select against such creatures and it is not much different in our lofts. The few that cannot return will however find plenty of feed in the fields at this time of year and likely join a flock of feral cousins who know only too well where to obtain nourishment
just like these geese that prepare themselves for their long journey south by fattening up on some grain spilled in the fields.
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