Over the years I have visited many fanciers and reported their views on racing pigeons and all that goes with it. Position and wind have always been two topics that cause heated conversations, mainly because those who live in what are the premier positions for wind conditions do not see it that way. This issue could not be highlighted more than in the two NFC Sennen Cove races that have so far been held this season. The prevailing winds during the racing season are from a westerly direction. That was the case in the first of these two races which was reflected in the result when the birds heading north clearly followed the dog led out of the west country. That was not the case for the second race because the wind had moved to the opposite direction and this sent the birds across the Bristol Channel much earlier and up into Wales, which again is reflected in the result. As we all know we send our birds to races and trust that they will get the breaks somewhere along the line. Having said that they must be conditioned, motivated, healthy fit both physically and mentally when they are sent, and that is all down to the fancier. Well done to all those who have competed in what for many have been testing races.
The young bird training has started and the two young chaps in the photo are on the marks and ready to go.
Wilkinson Boys getting ready for training
Les J Parkinson. 11 Rushton Drive, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0NJ.