Well another training season has come and gone at the White River Marsh training site. All the hard work by the pilots, the costumes, and the staff members is done here. I should say it’s been a fun year.
It seems every day is different and full of challenges. This year, trying to keep Peanut (#4-14) in the pen while letting the others out to train was interesting to say the least. Being with “Peanut” in the pen as the trikes and the other birds would fly by, he was making loud peeping noise as though to let us know I want to fly with them. Poor Peanut probably wondering why the tumes wouldn’t let him out. It was heartbreaking and It was difficult but he had to rest that leg. He is doing better now and will soon be flying high with his class mates.
I think we all love little Peanut, I know us handlers sure do. Here’s a video clip of him attacking the first pumpkin he encountered.
Another interesting time is when Geoff and I were waiting for the trike to come down and out comes #4-12 and #5-12 (the boys) from the grass at the end of the runway, proceeded to walk down the runway and came very close to us. I was so excited I almost peed my pants!
People often ask me what it’s like to be a costume and if I have a favorite bird. Well, being a “tume” is a fun job and very exciting and rewarding. How can you pick a favorite when they’re all so special and beautiful. I usually answer them by saying that they’re all my favorites.
Well my time is done for the year with this class and I’m already looking forward to next year. What a year it has been for all of us. Thank you so much to all of you for a wonderful season.
Fly high and be free beautiful birds, hope to see you next spring…