Just because I don't really have much to say (I know, that's surprising), you guys get to see a few more pictures of the baby quail (you lucky duckies).
These are the family of quail from last week. I saw them again the following day in the afternoon. They were in the back yard for a bit, I think one was missing and the mom and dad had the quail children (however they controlled them) in two different areas while they found the missing quail. Once they did, and the mom and dad came back, all the quail children followed them and they began to cross the street.
It was quite impressive to see them cross the street. I wondered how the parents know how many they have and keep track of them. I would count kids I was in charge of at field trips or in the classroom. I'm thinking the quail don't count, yet they know when one is missing.
Delightfully, I looked outside this morning and saw two quail. I got up and looked closer and saw these two little quail babies. You can tell they are younger than the other ones from the pictures above. They were eating seed on our patio. (Every morning I sweep up the seed from the day before, every morning there is always a mess to clean up, but I love watching the birds).
Aren't they cute? Their feathers look a bit fuzzier when they are younger (at least to me they do).
I thought this was cute with them on the rocks with the dad keeping an eye on them. I've noticed the mom quail seems to eat more of the seed. The dad ones will come by and eat a bit, but then they will keep an eye out when the moms keep eating.
The happy family together. See the rocks right by the quail? The small rocks? The quail kick with their feet the rocks out of the way to get to the seed that is there. One morning when I looked out, there were a lot of rocks on the patio and I couldn't figure out how they got there. Later I saw the quail kicking up the rocks. They have strong legs. Today the baby quail were kicking up the rocks too as they were looking for food. (Like father, like son?)
And that about sums up all the excitement happening here, LOL. Otherwise, just status quo, enjoying summer days and cooler temps with a bit of rain here and there (and a good thunder and lightening storm too at times).
And you, how is your summer going?