a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Just because

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?

47 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

LOVE your photos. I have never seen quail up close and personal until you showed them here. They are indeed fascinating. I did not realize they were that strong, either. Those rocks are heavy. Love their coloring. Amazing how mom and dad keep track of that many. What a sweet family they are. Raining here most every day. So summer is slipping away.

Rhonda Albom said...

What a fun post. The quail babies are adorable. I never really thought about how they keep track of all those babies. It must be instinct. I am with you, forever counting heads.

Eileen T said...

Surprising to think the quail babies are strong enough to move the smaller rocks. Do they come by at about the same time every day? I wondered if they have a routine of sorts.

Mildred said...

I've never seen quail in person and I am enjoying your photos and info. They look like they are marching as they cross the street. How cute about them tossing your rocks to eat! Mystery solved! Our summer is so very hot it makes it hard to do much of anything. We do enjoy browsing thru antique/thrift stores.

Veronica Lee said...

Awww! Those quail babies are sooooo cute!

Bijoux said...

Have never seen quail here, so these pics are great! Can't believe they can kick rocks that big!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You can't beat that kind of entertainment. Things are status quo here too. Hot days interspersed with a few cooler ones making summer bearable. The beauty of the flowers growing is my entertainment. We do feed the birds but have nothing as exciting as you do.

Joanne Noragon said...

One very bad winter here I watched my cat approaching a flock of quail at the seed under the feeder. Up and up he crept, until the quail watchman thought he was in range. Then Mr. Quail said 'Get him, boys,' and they turned on that cat and beat him into the ground with their wings.

Jo said...

Great pictures - they are cute. I am pretty sure you won't be having them on your table any time soon.

jack69 said...

Love it lady. Those are some very good shots.
I was glad to see more, and thinking about the previous post made it MORE fun!
We are having a great summer (once the eye operations on Sherry are done.) LOL

joeh said...

Please keep up with the pictures so we can follow their progress!

Pat Hatt said...

They sure look to be having fun around you. Be interesting to know how they do keep track, as we count indeed. My ocd would be in over drive keeping track of that many lol

Intense Guy said...

The dad is quite a sight! I love his coloring and his head plume!

A bit of hunger makes for effort digging up food!

Saleslady371 said...

Any smart reader can grasp the story here. How Dad watches & protects while mama eats, how they find the kids....wisdom from nature. That's what I think.

I was nervous just before the weekend the way the local news prepared us for the upcoming storm. I did some prayer walking and was amazed how everyone around us got a lot of rain, but we only got one (needed) inch! It's so sporadic with these monsoons. I've come to respect them!!!! I, too, like the cooler temps!

Have a great week; sometimes uneventful is the best!!!

Blogoratti said...

Really heartwarming and delightful photos I must say. Greetings!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Excellent pictures! Pictures we know say a thousand words. We have wild rabbits in my neighborhood here in Huntsville, Alabama. My dog can't quite figure them out and they run/hop so fast I haven't gotten a good picture.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Yes they are adorable and I just love seeing your photos of them! We had two good days of rain which was welcomed with opened arms.
Debby

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Love your pictures. I am trying to get one of a wild rabbit in our neighborhood, but they hop away so quickly.

Big Mark 243 said...

...summer has been hot, fun, and going by fast in fly-over country..! I would not be surprised if soon the quail became tame enough to let you get close to them...

Birgit said...

I love these photos! They are cute and are their 16 little chicks? I had no idea they had that many. I love their look. It has been very hot. The weekend over 40 with the humidex. I hate this!!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

They are adorable! And those legs are quite strong if they can kick up the rocks like that.

Paula Kaye said...

Such great pictures. I can never get good pictures of our birds. I guess I am too noisy. I haven't seen quail in our backyard. Loved the picture of them crossing the street! Thanks for sharing these

Jerralea said...

I did not know quail kicked up rocks. I enjoyed seeing your pics of them.

Robyn Proctor Hinkle said...

Awww they are so cute! I know right, I've never seen a mama quail stop to count once!

Mevely317 said...

I can't get enough of your quail babies :)
It must be instinctual, how protective 'Mom' and 'Dad' are.

I can't believe, some areas of town got several inches of rain and we only merited a few sprinkles. Go figure!

Liz A. said...

What a great show to watch. So much fun.

Ellie said...

Oh my goodness, they are so cute!! Wow, that is so amazing you get them in your yard, what a blessing!!

Haddock said...

Simply wonderful.
Kicking the rocks, did they learn it by observation or was it from the genes? I always wondered how children get the parent's traits.

Chatty Crone said...

All I can say is I am glad I am not a quail! Too many babies to watch!!!!

Maria Zannini said...

I never knew the parents took equal responsibility.

re: keeping count
All parents know how many kids they have. The kids never let them forget. :)

Chrys Fey said...

They are so cute! I'm glad you were able to get so many pictures. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I love being safely inside while a storm rages around me! Although now the power seems to go out during every hard rain, so I always fear it'll go off and stay off.

Nick Wilford said...

Nice to have those cute little visitors. They sound like very solid families!

Ruth said...

Cute. Years ago, my dad use to hunt quail. Now, they are hard to find. Maybe because of all the hunting? But, a few years ago, there was one in our yard. My husband shooed it away so the cats wouldn't kill it.

Ira Kharchenko said...

Really great post! Have a nice day:)

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Kat said...

Wow! That is a lot of babies! And, yes, they are adorable! Thank you for sharing! :)

Secret Agent Woman said...

Aww, those really are adorable.

Susan Kane said...

Here in a well/over developed area, I have not seen any quail. With all the coyotes around, they wouldn't survive long. Your little guys are adorable!

Stephen Tremp said...

I saw this clip on Facebbok of a mother duck leading her little ones across a freeway. Cars dodged and stopped while all ducks made it safely across and there were no car accidents. Amazing!

Sandra Cox said...

I love the quail pictures and the info that went with it! Thanks for sharing;)

netablogs said...

Great pics! Reminds me of the ducklings I've seen swimming behind their mother. I even noticed one riding on its mother's back! Favored one, I guess!

Elizabeth said...

Cute photos! I didn't realize quail could have so many babies at once, that's really neat :)

Sunni said...

The quail babies are so cute. It's interesting to watch wildlife. The children sure do mind their parents.

Sunni
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DMS said...

Love the photos! Such fun to see the quails and the babies. So interesting to see the way they interact with each other. :)
~Jess

Sharon said...

So, why did the quail cross the road? To get to the other side, yes, but also to give Betty some adorable photo ops!!

Loved this!

We get quail up here in the mountains, but we've never seen so many babies. Too cute.

GOD BLESS!

SweetMarie said...

the quail are beautiful! I've never seen any in person! missed your blog. I'm catching up this week! :)
hugs,
Marie

Crystal Collier said...

Super cute! I grew up with quail all around, but in Florida we get more tropical birds. I love when nature is so close to home.