We trap quail intensively in November and February each year in order to (a) band as many as possible, and (b) increase our number of radio-marked birds as we approach the start of the nesting season (late-April). Our dedicated team of technicians finished (just this past Saturday) the February trapping session (14 days [7 days on each side of the Ranch]) incorporating a total of 296 trap sites. This table below shows the tale of the tape.
The total was 327 unique birds (i.e., not counting recaptures). Our current age ratio is 2.1:1 (or 67% juveniles) for bobwhites and 1.4:1 (or 58% juveniles) for blue quail. Our current sex ratios are 1.4 M:F (or 58% males) for bobwhites, and 1.5:1 (or 60% males) for blue quail. Thanks to the crew for some long hours over this trapping period.