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.
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 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.
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
The week after she flew the 300 she hit a wire and bruised her breast muscle so I stopped her.
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!
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.
I look forward to visiting with Larry again and of course to flying some more of his wonderful birds.