As you can see from the above map, the CSBN stretches across the country and, in doing so, has the potential to generate a lot of data that can be co-ordinated to provide interesting and useful insights into the biology of this amazing bird.
But this map, completed just a month or so ago, is already dated. Missing are: the dynamic duo of Alexandre Anctil and Ludo Jolicoeur in Rimouski (who came up with the first interesting recapture of the season – see blog for January 28th); Darryl Edwards from Sudbury (who is trying to manage a PhD., buntings and a burgeoning family (hmmmm….so is Ludo…the burgeoning family bit); and Mike Blom in the Peace River area of Alberta. This is what Mike does when he’s not banding SNBUs: http://raptorbanding.blogspot.com/ Wow!
Here in the Ruthven area it’s still mild temperatures and snow-free fields. Just before the snow disappeared we were out with a few traps but managed to catch just a single Mourning Dove: