a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Sunday, December 6, 2015

and just when you thought were done seeing quail pictures

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.

39 comments:

Birgit said...

Great pictures of these birds and the one quail just seems to look like one of the rocks. It's cute to see him on the bird feeder. I see these and I think of all the beautiful works my mom created using quail eggs. The eggs have a nice spotted look which she often kept that way. She would then make the birth flower and stone for the month and place them in the egg that she cut out so it was scenic. She would hang it on a stand she made using those bark pieces you find in potted plants at the mall and grape vines were glued in to create a stand. They sold like hot cakes! She made all the flowers that wen into the eggs...yup that small!

Lux G. said...

Oh more quails. :)
You gotta love nature's beauty. Nothing like it.

Eileen T said...

I'm trying to encourage birds to my garden and feeder, but I think there may be too many cats in the area. I envy you for having quails and a roadrunner! Which breeds of birds do you expect to see wherever your new house will be? I look forward to your photos anyway.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Aww, so cute! It's fun watching the birds. And it's amazing how attached we become to them; even worry about them. That roadrunner is adorable, too!

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

You just never know what you might see when you look out the window. We have quail in Ohio, but I've never seen one at our feeders. Still every now and then a bird does appear that we haven't seen before. You will have some great memories of your birds no matter where you go.

Intense Guy said...

I would be excited to see these birds too! they are so unusual looking. Nice to see some of them survived Thanksgiving.. *wink*

Pat Hatt said...

Smart quail getting up there on the feeder. Lunch time all to itself. Does the roadrunner meep meep? lol

Joanne Noragon said...

The quail are beautiful and the roadrunner a bonus! I see you found a seasonal bench. Well done.

Maria Zannini said...

I didn't know quail could fly that high to a feeder. They mature very quickly from what I'd read. It's possible the other siblings just went off to start their own families.

We have two resident road runners on our property.

Chatty Crone said...

I am like you - I sure do enjoy bird watching and I love the road runner - I have never seen a real one before - I had to take ours down tho - we brought too many squirrels IN the house. :(

Linda said...

Bird watching sure is fun and interesting how their coloring changed when they mature. Love your Christmas lights header. We headed up to see the "Bentleyville" display. Thinking of Koda lately. Take care.

jack69 said...

From childhood, walking in the fields and being startled by a covey of quail, it has been my favorite bird. I never captured any on film so I love these. And Thanks for including the last bird I got attached to after learning it was 'real', the Roadrunner. Funny I did think it was only a cartoon character until our visit to Texas.
Love the Bench view today also.
From Disney East, Jack & Sherry

Saleslady371 said...

I like all the photos and I think birds are interesting creatures. I wish you could meet my photographer friend, Peggy, who gives bird tours in the Red Rocks. You would love that.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

They are so pretty. I would love to see a roadrunner out by back window. We do have a large hawk that makes frequent appearances. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Chrys Fey said...

I love your quail pictures. :D I've never seen a Roadrunner before.

Chrys Fey said...

I love your quail pictures. :D I've never seen a Roadrunner before.

Paula Kaye said...

We have quail in our area but I have never seen one in the backyard. However, we do get many doves (of several varieties). Never does one try to get on the feeder though. Love your pictures. I am a bird watcher too! Could spend hours watching when the backyard is full! I also love the Christmas header picture.

Jerralea said...

I'm glad you've had such fun quail-watching. As I looked at your pictures I was reminded of the scripture that not a sparrow falls to the ground without our Father knowing it. I feel sure He takes notice of quail as well.

Have a wonderful week, Betty!

Mevely317 said...

Lovin' your new holiday header, Betty!

Those are amazing images; I especially enjoy the first lil' 'albino.' Why, he looks as if he'd come right up to you and eat out of your hand if given the opportunity! I, too, hope and pray his litter mates are out spreading their 'wild oats' and haven't come to any harm. Nature can be so cruel, can't it?

Bijoux said...

Quail and roadrunners would be quite exciting for me to see! Are there any 'regular' (lol) birds that we have in the Northeast and Midwest that you never see in AZ?

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I never get tired of seeing quail pics! They are so cute! I also like eating quail eggs--they were especially delicious when I was in Scotland. LOl.

Wendy said...

Your birds are so exotic compared to ones we have around here. The only roadrunners I've ever seen have been in a cartoon!

Liz A. said...

It's great to have such wildlife hang around where you can easily observe it. I bet you'll miss living there. Well, for that reason, at least.

Elizabeth said...

Your post title made me laugh. It's nice that your quail friends came to visit again :) I also like your new cover photo with the Christmas lights.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You have really been blessed watching them. They are so pretty and I can't believe you got a photo of the roadrunner! I see them from time to time but they are usually running by. Enjoyed your photos.
Debby

Sharon said...

Yup, still enjoying your quail photos!! Much better than any old partridge in a pear tree!

GOD BLESS!

Rhonda Albom said...

Love the quail pictures, the little plumes sticking out of their heads are very cute!

Veronica Lee said...

It must be so fun watching the birds. I am loving the road runner!

Crystal Collier said...

Super cute! They are adorable.

Kat said...

I am a bird watcher too. I just filled up my feeders a few minutes ago.
Quail are such pretty birds, aren't they? I love the first photo. The bird blends right in with the rocks. :)

I love your header pic too! Lovely bench photo!

Mildred said...

I've never seen quail or a roadrunner in person. You captured some very pretty photos. I like your Christmas bench photo, too. This link (my name in the comment) will take you to my new blog. I'd love for you to follow along.

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Secret Agent Woman said...

They are very cute birds.

I also like those pink and gray rocks.

Rick Watson said...

I haven't seen any quail in years. When I was a kid they were everywhere, but the predators that feed on the young birds I think decimated the population here.
I popped over from Jack's blog. I'm you're latest follower.
R

Susan Kane said...

Quail are such delightful little birds!

Rita Dias said...

Nature is so beautiful...thanks for sharing such amazing photos! :) Just loved it...the birds are so cute.

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Lisa said...

While I love to bird watch, I have never seen Quail or a Roadrunner. These are beautiful. Hoping over from Ricks Blog.

Lisa

DMS said...

I remember seeing the quails on your blog over the summer. I do think you are right and the 8 you saw were from the same family because of the paler quail you captured. How wonderful to get to see them again. Love the one of the quail on the bird feeder. :)
~Jess

chippertue said...

The first time I saw the Road Runner in Arizona I was so disappointed… They look nothing like the Road Runner in the cartoons I grew up on…