This may be a story of quail but you will notice no quail pictures featured here.
Its more of a story of a quail block....
Let me begin by saying that the quail have come to depend on having food scattered on our patio. They come by at least once daily, sometimes twice, rarely thrice, to partake of the food there.
I realized with our moving down to Phoenix whenever we do, we potentially are taking away a food source they are used to. So we thought about getting a quail block, which we did purchase, and put it on a silver pan on our back patio.
Looks innocent enough, doesn't it? Non threatening? Apparently for the quail it was very threatening. The first time they saw it on the patio, they didn't even go onto the patio, they quickly scattered. The next day they came back and at least got onto the patio to eat the seed scattered there. But one quail made the mistake of getting too close and they all scattered so terribly fast.
They did come back and again ate except one pushed another quail so very close to the block that scared the other quail and they all took off. I must say the sudden leaving of 12 quail flying away fluttering their wings is quite a loud sound, even on the other side of a window.
However the cat seems to not feel threatened by it and even enjoyed a tasty treat. (The cat belongs to the people across the ravine from us; it is a very good hunter.....)
So did a bunny (not the best of pictures but it was getting dark).
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the drapes this morning and saw the pan at one place, the block a few feet away. That block is heavy. It wasn't the cat or bunny that had moved it, but what????
We finally decided the quail block on the patio was not a success so we moved it by a bush. And lo and behold.....finally a quail got close enough to eat from it. Just one, but one is enough for now......
We had been told there were javelina here, but hadn't seen any yet. Tonight we definitely saw them eating from the quail block and moving it around.
And I'm glad the quail also might continue eating from it too.
Time will tell......
(and this might be the last quail story before we move......but you never just know.......)