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Blue Bar Baldhead by J.D. Dundee.

About the NBRC

The National Birmingham Roller Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the flying and breeding of the Birmingham Roller Pigeon. Through a combination of regional and national events, the NBRC fosters a camaraderie within its members.

With members in every state and across several countries, the NBRC strives to unite the breeders of Birmingham Rollers with the goal of sharing and learning from each other and from our birds.

Every year the culmination of our passion to breed top performers is exemplified with the National Championship Fly. During the early fall, hundreds of competitors across the country fly their best kits in hopes of landing a coveted qualifying position for the final fly.

Upcoming Bulletin – Corvid affects even our Hobby

I was contacted by Vincent (Sound Publishing) today regarding the March-April bulletin.   Sound always outsources the cover because they lack capability to do the binding that we’ve always preferred.   In case you’re unaware, Washington State has been hit hard with Covid-19.   Sound has the inside bulletin pages ready and was awaiting the binding.  He learned today that the outsourced company’s operations were mandatorily shut down by the governor as being a non-essential business.   Vincent believes it will be no less than a month until they are allowed to reopen their doors.
Sound is still operating but he’s not sure how long they may be able to continue before being forced to suspend operations as well.   We discussed alternatives to get this issue completed and mailed asap.   Sound has the capability of stapling (two staples) and stitching the cover, which won’t be the same but will be functional and not affect the quality.
This seemed to be the only alternative if we wanted timely publication.  I had to make the call today and in knowing you guys were at work (as I was) with no way of contacting you, I directed him to go with the stapling and stitching.   This won’t drive the cost up but more importantly, it will get the bulletin to the members in a timely manner.  As a club, we need all the continuity we can get right now.   Otherwise, the issue would be 6 weeks or longer before completion and mailing and the members would naturally get a little peeved.   This pandemic has shut down a lot of companies and sadly, it shut down one we are dependent on.  Things will get back to normal… we just have to ride it out. 
So… the bulletin will be rushed through the process tomorrow and will hopefully be mailed before Sound itself has to suspend operations.
I just wanted everyone to know that the next issue will have a different binding and why it will.  I take responsibility for that, good or bad.  
All the Best,
Bob Simpson

Benefit Auction

Ma Lee has set up this auction.

This auction is dedicated to help raise some funds in effort to relieve some of the financial burden for my younger brother Sai Lee who was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.

He received the news two weeks before Christmas of 2019 when it was supposed to be a time of joy and holiday celebration with the family but instead felt disheartened.

Sai married the love of his life Moua in 2018 and were just starting life together. They were filled with joy and excitement when they welcomed their first child in October 2019. Just two months later he received his diagnosis. The news that no one would ever wants to hear.

All proceeds will be donated towards his recovery. If anyone wants to donate instead of bidding on the auctions, they can send it to https://paypal.me/pools/c/8nCmSoIORI. It’s linked to my paypal account and I will make sure he gets it.


Spot-light on a member!

History is made in the 2019 National Championship Fly!


The NBRC Championship Fly is over! 

Congratulation to Region 5’s Dennis Blackmore on winning both the 20 Bird Championship and 11 Bird Championship on the same day!!! Dennis scored 730.24 pts with a 1.6 quality x 1.4 depth multiplier in the 20 Bird Fly. A couple of hours later he scored 408 pts in the 11 Bird Fly to win both crowns!

This has never happened before in NBRC Fly history. Rick Mee from Texas took 2nd in both 1 year and Ron Swart from Washington took 2nd in both 1 year.

An amazing feat by Dennis and what a feeling it must be for him to first win the 20 Bird and then follow up with the 11 Bird win! You did it, Dennis!.

Don M NBRC President/Fly Director


For a detailed article on the fly by Mark Fields, click here:   Dennis Blackmore fly

Find us on Facebook

Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nbrconline/

You can access it by clicking the link in the address or by searching “NBRCONLINE”.   It is a very active page with lots of good information being shared.


What is a Birmingham Roller Pigeon?

John McDougall’s Flying American Roller – black beard OC. Photo from 1989. I first started flying rollers in 1944. These blacks were developed from a red cock × black hen that Bill Schreiber gave me around 1972

The Birmingham Roller Pigeon is a domesticated member of the bird family Columbidae. In particular, the Roller distinguishes itself by its ability to “roll”, or summersault backwards in rapid, tight rotations. The rolling can be so fast on its axis that the pigeon resembles a ball of feathers spinning in mid-air.

Birmingham Rollers, like all domestic pigeons, possess a homing ability which drives them to return to where they feel safe and where they find sustenance. With this natural ability, enthusiasts launch groups (also known as kits) of Rollers into the air to watch and awe at their synchronized acrobatics. During the competition, these birds are judged on a variety of factors, including the number of birds rolling simultaneously, the depth of the roll, and the quality of the roll, as well as “kitting” (grouping or flocking) ability.

Noted past rollerman and judge Nick Siders shared this short article edited from a writing by Graham Dexter.

What does a proper Birmingham Roller need to do to be worth watching?

The roller should roll over backwards holding its wings up to a parallel point at the top of its axis and on the wings on the downstroke should also finish when parallel. This gives the illusion, if fast enough, of a smooth spinning ball. When seen from below it may present as a spinning ‘H’ or if the wings go slightly the parallel position it may look like an ‘A’. When the wings do not reach a full parallel point before commencing the downward stroke it may appear like an ‘X’ from below. For most novices, the most important thing to note is that when the bird is rolling and viewed from the side at a right angle, it should give the impression of either a solid ball or a ball with a hole through the middle.

Pensom’s ‘considerable distance’ should be long enough for the viewer to see it start, notice its shape, speed, and style, and whether the bird stops correctly. If the roll is too short the viewer will not have enough time to do all this.

The proper Birmingham Roller should start cleanly and sharply in the roll, roll in a straight line, show no change in speed or style throughout the duration of the roll, and stop cleanly, facing the same direction the kit is flying.

The bird should be capable of rolling frequently at least once a minute or more often. More important it should roll with the kit and as often as it rolls and should be able to roll throughout the duration of the fly. – Graham Dexter (edited)


J. Leroy Smith standing at table on right of table with glasses, William Penson on left sitting on table, Howard Mcully on left kneeling and Stan Plona on right in white shirt