Visit with Larry Tomlin; Lamppost Loft

September 1, 2014
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Visiting Larry Tomlin at his  fabulous loft, Lamppost Loft, in sunny California.

Larry Tomlin and Drew Lesofski at Larry’s fabulous loft, Lamppost Loft, in sunny California.

The second week of August I had an opportunity to visit Larry Tomlin, Lamppost Loft, seeing that he bred me a super hen last year I jumped at the chance.

Larry owns and runs his own successful business and somehow has time to fly pigeons. Larry is one of the busiest guys I know, he would argue the opposite, so scoring a visit was a big deal.

Larry's 36' x 8' racing loft.

Larry’s 36′ x 8′ racing loft.

I visited Larry’s loft in late 2013, (click here to read that article) I’ve had lunch with him a few times before with his pigeon buddies usually on my yearly visit to southern California, and was really impressed with his lofts and birds.

Larry is a no ‘BS’ kind of guy, I attribute this to his tenacity as a small business owner and former champion Irish street fighter. (I’m kidding about the street fighter part, or am I?) His set up is straight forward, practical and zero fuss. He has a system that works for him so why change.

Larry's record keeping. Zero ability to lose your records and they are easily available!

Larry’s record keeping. Zero ability to lose your records and they are easily available!

Larry is a long time member of the Orange County Flyers (OCF) club which has 25 regular flyers. The OCF club has in past years raced with the powerful 395 Combine, which usually has about 100 flyers from 10 clubs competing.  Nowadays, the OCF races with the 99 Combine, which has 60 flyers from 5 clubs.

Young Bird perches; easy to clean, zero fuss.

Young Bird perches; easy to clean, zero fuss.

After my visit in 2013, Larry committed to banding me a few birds for my local band races here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Larry made good on his commitment and one of the birds he banded, AU-13-JEDDS-6109 a beautiful blue bar white flight hen would turn out to be a super racer for me in old birds this year winning:

2nd (eq. 1st) Club, 3rd Concourse – 150 miles
2nd (eq. 1st) Club, 2nd Concourse – 200 miles
2nd (eq. 1st) Club, 13th Concourse – 300 miles

'6109' a fantastic racing hen for me in 2014 during the 2014 old bird season.

‘6109’ a fantastic racing hen for me in 2014 during the 2014 old bird season.

The week after she flew the 300 she hit a wire and bruised her breast muscle so I stopped her.

Larry's widowhood boxes. Notice above each door is a playing card. I wonder which box has the Ace of Spades?

Larry’s widowhood boxes. Notice above each door is a playing card. I wonder which box has the Ace of Spades?

When I visited Larry I asked to see ‘6109’s parents. WOW! They were awesome to say the least. I asked him if he’d sell them, I already knew the answer, no. Not for any other reason than Larry doesn’t sell birds and didn’t want to start. He of course being a super dude offered to breed me two more for 2015 young birds if I wanted. Hell Ya!

Parents of '6109'. Absolutely one of the best pairs of pigeons I've ever had the pleasure of handling.

Parents of ‘6109’. Absolutely one of the best pairs of pigeons I’ve ever had the pleasure of handling.

Larry’s family of birds is a creation of his own. There are based off some Hofkens he acquired from a Herman Beaverdam auction some years ago and a bird here or there that’s fit. He is not prone to new strain fads or suffers fools. Birds are either are good or they aren’t. A new bird is tried from time to time but if they can’t beat his other birds they are removed.

Larry with his foundation hen.

Larry with his foundation hen ‘ Blossom’.

I look forward to visiting with Larry again and of course to flying some more of his wonderful birds.

Drew Lesofski 

 

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