Bird killed as Boston pigeon racers compete at Newton Aycliffe

THE harsh reality of pigeon racing in the current era hit home to a local fancier.

As he was waiting for his birds to arrive home from the race from Newton Aycliffe, he received a telephone call to tell him that one of his entries had been found dead.

The caller had witnessed a peregrine falcon attack on a batch of pigeons just north of the liberation point, picked up the pigeon that had been killed, read its identification marks and contacted the owner.

What happened to the rest of birds terrified by this ordeal is unknown, but it is likely that many will have been lost.

Boston winners were Upsall and Frost (Boston Central) and Dave Brackenbury (Boston District).

Results:

Boston Central (12-304): 1 Upsall and Frost 1266, 2 Tim Appleby 1259, 3 and 4 Upsall and Frost 1233 and 1218, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Tim Appleby 1216.758, 1216.11 (2) and 1211, 9 and 10 Upsall and Frost 1209 and 1207.670, 11 Marek Kula 1207.360, 12 Tim Appleby 1200. Boston District (11-281): 1 D. Brackenbury 1265, 2 Gough and Reed 1229, 3 and 4 Mr and Mrs R. Skinner 1222 and 1211, 5 Gough and Reed 1208, 6 Mr and Mrs Skinner 1207, 7 Gough and Reed 1206, 8 and 9 R Knight and Family 1202 and 1201, 10 and 11 Hardy, Troops, Burt and Son 1200 and 1198, 12 J. McFadyen 1196. Swineshead (4-93): 1 Mr and Mrs S. Poulter 1168, 2 G. Wheatman 1167, 3 Mr and Mrs Poulter 1160, 4, 5 and 6 J T Thorpe 1157, 1150 and 1147, 7 and 8 G. Wheatman 1107 and 1080. Boston and District Flying Club’s result from Dunbar(7-137): 1 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1816.505, 2 Hardy, Troops, Burt and Son 1816.420, 3 Mr and Mrs E. Attwater 1814, 4 Mr and Mrs R. Skinner 1794, 5 and 6 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1779 and 1777, 7 Mr and Mrs Attwater 1773, 8 Hardy, Troops, Burt and Son 1770, 9 Mr and Mrs Skinner 1762, 10 Hardy, Troops, Burt and Son 1759, 11 and 12 D. Brackenbury 1753.848 and 1753.474.