About twice a week I take Jessica and her basket of doves on a little trip. Her flock is finally ready to be trained. Each release we take note of the direction and distance (which should double each time). We are moving very slow with the release training because she has already lost 9 birds who never returned home. If this happens we have to repeat that location until all the birds return. Now Jess has a fine tuned flock of 7 good flyers and this week she added #8 who’s named Picadilly (he’s the star of one of the photos flying above our car, it was his first time in the basket and he didn’t fly out with the others). Eventually the doves should be able to fly home from very long distances, even hundreds of miles. I don’t expect we will be doing those very often.
The video is from friends of ours who recorded the release Jess did at their house.
With each release I try to get a couple photos, so here are a few to enjoy, and can you believe when we do close ups of the photos, Jessica can identify most of the birds!?