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I let the 5 YBs go first. one dove right back into the trap. Wanted no part of being out that day. two went deeper in to my heavily treed back yard and two made for the vinyl fence by the road. I watched the two by the road clumsily fly from the fence to a tree to a shed to another loft and back again. After ten or so minutes my Neighbor kid came over and said There is a hawk in his back yard that caught something and wanted to show me. He knows I have an interest in hawks. I told him right then he probably caught one of my babies. Sure enough he did. I picked up the body so the hawk won't associate this as a place he will get a full meal. We looked up just in time to see the old bird doing some wide circles at about 50 feet up. Wow, I was actually surprised at his speed. I really thought this old racer was fat and sick and probably heading to his original home. But where ever his flight ended, he was getting there fast. One more pass and the kid says "he has something hanging between his legs" That’s how big this growth was.

Any way, of this first flight 1 bird killed one other never returned. However to my surprise at 04:30 am 3 days later As I was going to work I walked past the loft and see this old Guy sitting on the landing board by the trap. (The trap was locked but he wanted in bad.

So this makes me wonder, Will old birds re-home? I know this bird is 9 years old and Male. Came from a loft that has been completely dismantled and was over 250 miles away. Was also a racer because he still had an RFID band on when I got him.
 

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I just re-read my post. I didnt' realize the first 1/4 of the post got truncated. I guess I need to keep it breif.

What kind of things can one do to help old birds re-home. After seeing this one old bird cruise around I'd really love to see him and others fly together.
 

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Tonight I put my YB's out and thengrabbed the "Old Guy" I sat him on the roof o fthe loft withthe YBs. My hoe was that he would show them how it's done. He socialized a bit longer than I wanted but finally took off and circled back and buzzed the loft. Up to now the YB's had just hpped around and clumsily flew from shed to loft and rowed their wings like babies do.

When the "Old Guy" buzzed the loft Two birds took off. one gave up after ten feet of so. The other traied to catch up with the old guy and the two flew across the street and circled the Church steeple a couple of times, actually three times, then flew back to the loft. It was fun seeing the YB finally realize what it was all about. Can't wait to do it again tomorrow to see if they take off a little faster and go a bit longer.

I think it really helped to have the "Old Guy" out there helping out.
 
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