Remember in the summer all my pictures of the quail? Remember how much I like quail?
I hadn't seen them around a lot this fall but I knew they had come around (they kick up the rocks by the bird feeders and actually really do leave a mess, but they are fun to watch). I just couldn't catch when they were showing up.
This past Thursday and Friday, I happened to be, by the grace of God, in the kitchen area when I spotted their activity. I think these pictures are from a family of originally 16 babies that I had seen first in July. I had also been tracking a family that had 2 babies and another that had 4 babies.
Why I think these could be from the family of 16 siblings, even though there were only eight I saw now, and I'm thinking two were parents in the group is because of the albino quail here (not sure what else to call it) who I also captured in picture earlier when it was an adolescent and it was with its 15 siblings at that point in time. I'm hoping the rest of the siblings left the nest and did not meet some other demise.
Here it is as an adolescent with its "litter" mates which at the time totaled 16 (hard to keep them all counted).
And nowadays with one of its siblings.
And with a few more siblings. They all grouped together under two of the bushes here; six quail under one, two under another. Stayed there for a bit so obviously watching out for something (raptor I'm sure).
My all time favorite picture of all of the ones I have taken of them this year (and believe you me, I've taken hundreds). Yes, that is a quail on the bird feeder (remember the doves from before?) The day before this one had landed on the feeder, I saw a quail starting to fly up towards the feeder but it either hesitated or something else scared it and it didn't land on the feeder, actually bumped into the window; I worried about its safety, but it was fine. The next day when they were here, right before they left one did manage to make it on the feeder and stay there for a bit eating some of the seed.
And the next two are for Jack and Sherry. A roadrunner just passing by.
I've enjoyed this year of bird watching out my window. Its been fun watching the activity of the feeders. I'm pretty sure (99.9%) the area we are looking to buy at won't have quail coming by. So I'm thankful for each visit I got to see of them and the time they spent here enjoying our seed.