Sonoma County Racing Pigeon Club

Florin’s Loft

This is Florin’s (Iancu) new loft. We’ve been working on it for about a year and a half. The loft is comprised of 4 sections. Looking left to right; the first two sections are about 8×8 each. The next two are 12×8 and 14×8 respectively. The first two sections will be for young birds with enough perches for 100 birds – there won’t ever be more than 85 at any one time. The two larger sections are for old birds and will easily accommodate 32 pairs. The boxes are set up for widowhood and custom made by some pigeon dude who doesn’t fly birds – he only breeds them and helps new fliers build pigeon lofts. Anyway, here are a few pictures of the old bird nest boxes and the simple locking mechanism and easy cleaning aspects of the design.

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Click Here For a FullView Of One Set (8 boxes) Some Open – Some Closed
This view shows a set of 8 nest boxes – some open and some closed. Boxes will accommodate 2 full-size nest bowls (25 inches wide). The doors can be positioned fully closed, fully open, left side open-right side closed, or right side open-left side closed. Door positions are locked in place by turning a large screw just a few turns into a drilled hole that is slightly larger than the screw. The screw stays in place because it is threaded through the doors using threaded inserts. The boxes have about 2 inches underneath to allow for droppings to pass through on to a thin board or material that slides out for easy cleaning. The birds/bird can be locked in the box because one door has a 5 inch access opening that can be left open or closed by inserting a 1×2 slat midway between the next two slats; that reduces the opening to 2.5 inches. The inserted slat is held in place by two dowels – one on the top and one on the bottom. The top dowel is longer and passes through a hole in the top of the door which allows the bottom dowel to be seated in the hole drilled in the bottom -locking the slat in place. Now, if the birds figure out how to lift that slat about 1.5 inches – straight up, then we’ll have a problem.

Click Here For a FullView Box Closed Closed Box – Lock Detail
This view shows the screw locking mechanism

Click Here For a Box Open Box Open
This view shows the box fully open and locked in place with the same screw that inserts into a hole in the back of the box. You only have to turn the screw a few turns to release it from the hole in the front or in the back. This system keeps the doors perfectly straight and level and cannot be moved by the birds.


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Storm Goranson

Storm was 70 when he passed away on July 21, 2016. He held many offices during his flying career, which started nearly 50 years ago in the mid 1960’s. Storm could be a tough competitor. Most people don’t know that he earned a Big All American award from the Racing Pigeon Bulletin for his birds’ performance in Young Birds 1978. Then again, most wouldn’t know that Storm as an alternate for the 1968 Olympic Wrestling team. He was previously recognized, in 1967, as an NCAA All-American in Greco-Roman Wrestling (Heavyweight).

Storm earned his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. He was well known and respected throughout the Bay Area for his innovative septic system designs that his firm, Environmental Engineering Associates, Inc., created.

The above information was provided to me by Tony Huhn – thank you – and now i’ll make note of my personal observations of Storm.

I first met Storm about 30 years ago at an SOC club meeting – a big man with a big smile and a gentle presence. I always thought Storm was a funny quirky dude! He was fun to be around and I always enjoyed how he downplayed his intellect around people; sometimes to the degree that you wondered what the heck was going on in that big man’s head. I always knew that this was a good man with a big heart. He was generous with his birds and advice for new fliers. Now, we all know that Storm didn’t set any records for wins in a season in the past decade – but life isn’t just about winning pigeon races – thank God. Storm was a lot more than a pigeon flier – he was a good husband and father of four daughters; Bjorna, Blake, Kirstin and Hope. He was a good friend to many people and gave freely of his time to help others.

I visited Storm a week or so before his passing. Blake and Susan (his wife) greeted me and showed me to his room. One of his other daughters (the name escapes me now) was sitting with Storm. She left us alone and we had light conversation. My hearing is horrible and Storm could barely speak. I had to get really close but I finally had to say “Storm, I’m sorry buddy, but i just can’t understand what you’re saying – I’m sorry”. Storm looked at me and took my hand as firm as he could – and said “that’s ok”. That was Storm – still smiling and helping others cope.

I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have known Storm

Rest in peace my friend


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Header Photograph Taken On 4 August, 2013 In Condoblin, Australia By Karen Tooth. The Picture And Article Appeared In The Condoblin Argus. 5,500 Birds Were Released By The Central Cumberland Racing Pigeon Federation – Bound For Sydney – About 300 Miles.

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Sonoma West Invitational Racing Pigeon Club – New AU Chartered Club in Sonoma County

Sonoma West Invitational Club just finished up a tough season – and the first time competing in all races in the NorCal Concourse which is comprised of the NCC Combine and Camellia City Combine. The NorCal Concourse averaged about 600 plus birds from 39 lofts to 200 plus birds and 31 lofts on the longer TOUGHER races.

The team of Armando De la O and Pat Siino (they fly two lofts from one location) had a great season overall flying over 1200 miles further for average speed and over 100 miles overfly on some of the shorter airlines in the concourse. Here’s a Summary of their outstanding season:

1st and 3rd Overall Average Speed (A and B Races) by 1 hour, 6 minutes
1st and 3rd Average Speed (A Race) by 1 hour, 23 minutes
2nd and 3rd Average Speed (B Race) 15 minutes behind winner
2nd and 3rd Champion Loft (A Race)
7th and 14th Champion Loft (B Race)

They had 17 birds listed in the Concourse Champion birds. Congratulations!!

Click Here NorCal Concourse OB 2017 Results

Click Here For NorCal Concourse Overall AvgSpd OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse AvgSpd (A) OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse AvgSpd (B) OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse Champion Loft A and B OB 2017
Click Here For NorCal Concourse Overall Champion Bird OB 2017

Also, big shout-out to Tom O’Brien (TRAPnCRAPn Loft) – very good season:

1st Club at Lovelock1, 1st Club Imlay1, 1st Club Imlay2, 1st Club Carlin2. Concourse positions were: 21, 48, 55 respectively and a big 1st Overall Concourse at Carlin2. Congrats!!

Ellis Family Loft took 1st Club at Winnemucca2

And Valencia Loft (new fliers) was 2nd at Valmy4. They sent only 4 birds and placed 13th Overall in the Concourse against 309 birds and 35 lofts.

Congrats to all!!

18 June 2017 – And a slight oversite:

SWI Club only had 6 lofts competing in the NorCal Concourse Champion Loft (B Races) but had a strong representation in this category. I previously noted Armando and Pat’s results in Concourse Champion Loft competition. But there were others with top finishes:

Jim Bryan (VASCO Kid) 10th Overall, Ellis Family loft 17th Overall, Tom O’Brien (TRAPnCRAPn) 20th Overall, and Valencia Loft at 30th Overall.

Click Here For All SWI Club Results SWI Club OB 2017 Results

Great YouTube Video of Pat Siino and Armando De la O Racing Team From 2011

The Picture Above Was Taken During A Prior AU Convention. That’s Mike Cambra On The Left And Armando De la O On The Right

The Sonoma West Invitational Racing Pigeon Club joined the new AU chartered Northern California Combine (NCC). The NCC will be flying the Interstate 80 course. The NCC will fly all races with the new NORCAL Concourse which consists of the NCC and the Camellia City Combine.