a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A tale of quail (and a block)

This is another quail story.....I see you rolling your eyes......I see you thinking "oh please, hurry up and buy that house in Phoenix so we can move on from quail and maybe you'll write about the corgi you are going to get, corgis definitely are cuter than quail", (believe you me, we are working hard to find that house in Phoenix, made an offer on one this weekend, but I don't think they'll take it....we shall see).

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......




and who disrupted the pan and quail block? We discovered the culprit. Short time ago hubby heard some sounds outside. Turned on the light, flashed the flashlight and saw two javelina (wild pigs) out there by the quail block. It was dark, we tried to get a picture but it didn't turn out.

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. 

Mystery solved.

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.......)


48 comments:

joeh said...

I like the quail updates. A new Corgi would also be nice.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I find the quail stories to be day-brighteners, hope you'll continue them.

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

Funny how when something changed the quail wouldn't come near it, yet you attracted other critters instead. Life is like that in many ways. Old friends leave and new ones come. Hopefully soon you'll find the house just meant for you ! Glad anyway that you have the quail to entertain you in the meanwhile.

Bijoux said...

So that block of seed is made specifically for quails? That is interesting. Here, we buy blocks of suet for the woodpeckers.

I love that bunny and I would love to see the wild pigs!

Jo said...

Food in your back yard, firs quail and now wild pigs LOL. I know you don't think of it that way.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I enjoy these posts. I think they're a lot of fun! And of course, I will definitely enjoy any corgis-related ones, too :) Good luck with the home. I hope it works out. We're still waiting for an offer on ours. It's gotten really cold out and there's quite a bit of snow now; all this slows down the market, which is quite frustrating. But fingers crossed that something happens soon so we can move forward!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I actually find your quail stories really interesting. I think javelina are scary no matter their size.
Hope you get the house.

Intense Guy said...

I enjoy your Quail posts too!

And I'd love to see more of the Javelinas! Imagine that, a "razorback" running around in your backyard!

:)

Pat Hatt said...

haha you're feeding the whole neighborhood with one block, not sure I'd want wild pigs around though.

Chatty Crone said...

Wild pigs - gosh you are feeding the whole ecology out there.

Maria Zannini said...

I was going to suspect raccoons. I didn't realize you had wild pigs in the area.

I wonder too if the giant block out in the open seemed a little too exposed for the quail. Moving it the bush was a brilliant move.

Mary said...

OMG! A wild pig????
I have a nephew in Phoenix...he loves it there!

jack69 said...

First of all I love the view from the bench!
What an interesting story. It amazes me how 'soft' your heart is. Thinking of the future of the wild ones. I particularly enjoyed your descriptions of the 'natural' actions of the Quail. And when you mentioned the 'covey noise' as they took flight brought back the few times as a child I was 'STARTLED' walking thru a field and disturbing quail. YES like an helicopter.
Great entry!

Chrys Fey said...

I never heard of a quail block. That's a nice idea!

Darn those pigs! Good thing they didn't devour the block.

Stephen Tremp said...

I've never seen a wild pig. Heard they are good to eat. Happy quailing.

Linda said...

I wonder if the quail were afraid of the shiny tray. I learned a new word, Javelina! All the best with the house hunting.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I'm glad I don't have wild pigs around here. I have a feeling you'll have more quail stories...

But a corgi! I'm excited!

Saleslady371 said...

It's a great quail story. You are feeding so many with that block! Hope the next renters are as good hearted as you!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I remember the javalina! And the quail. I loved the little Gambol's Quail, especially when the babies would follow behind the mom and dad on outings.

Mevely317 said...

I never tire of your quail stories, Betty! Truth be told, I never really thought about them before; and now, I'm worried about their wee futures. Have you thought about writing a letter to the next renters with feeding instructions? (*smile*)

Now, javalinas in the back yard? Seriously creepy!

Sharon said...

Personally, I'm a fan of your quail stories! They're quite entertaining! We have a mineral lick outside for all the deer that like to come to our house. We've seen some birds and squirrels that like to partake of it, too. But the other night, when my curious hubby shined a flashlight down there - well, there was a bobcat stopping in for a treat!! I have a feeling that he might have scared those quail of yours!!

Best of luck on the house offer.

xo

yaya said...

I'd be more afraid that the cat would eat the quail and pigs would eat the bunny and the cat! The circle of life? Anyway, it will be fun to see what wildlife you encounter in your new home. Good luck with the house hunt!

DMS said...

I love the quail stories. :) I found the the block to be fascinating. I can't believe it was the wild pigs who moved it and now that it is in a different spot the quail are better about it. What a show you have outside your window!
~Jess

Liz A. said...

I like the quail stories.

I know someone who has some property in Phoenix. She was talking about selling, but I have no idea if she's going to. (Long, convoluted story.)

netablogs said...

Hope you are able to take a pic of a javelina, if possible. Amazing to me that wild pigs live where you are. We have coyotes, deer, and bear in our area (and I hear wolves are slowly moving closer to the city as well).
I enjoy the quail stories, too! Love the pics!

Birgit said...

Pork dinner! Sorry, I couldn't resist. I love the bunny shot-so cute actually. I am surte the quails will know where to go for food once you leave.

lyndagrace said...

I am always looking out my window and usually find something interesting to photograph. I would go wild in your neck of the woods! Quail, and bunnies, and wild pigs! So cool!

Jerralea said...

So sweet of you to think about the quails missing your food offerings!

I don't know how I'd feel to find wild pigs eating off my patio ... javelina is such a funny name for a wild pig!

Elizabeth said...

I will miss your wildlife stories when you move to Phoenix. Animals certainly do interesting things. If you get another corgi, I'm sure you will have many new stories to tell, corgis are great dogs! And hopefully, some birds will find you at your new home :)

Ruth said...

I like hearing stories of quail. Not too many of them around here anymore. I never never seen a wild pig either.

Deanna said...

You are the only person I know with quail stories. So keep them coming as long as they are part of your life. Mine could be deer stories. They seem to dominate our life... and property... these days!

Deanna

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Ha! I love the pic of the cat and bunny helping themselves!

SweetMarie said...

maybe it was a raccoon that moved it. I wouldn't like the cat coming around. I love animals, so I hope you keep the happy stories coming!

Happy New Year if I haven't already told you, :)

Veronica Lee said...

I always enjoy your quail posts, Betty. I would love to visit your neck of the woods.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wild pigs, OMG! Just when the quail were finally going to nibble at it. Love the cat and bunny shots. I hope the quail get use to it. They are going to miss you. Best of luck with the house search. Debby

Paula Kaye said...

Wild pigs!! Now that is wild! Pun intended. I wish I had quail at my house but haven't seen any yet. We had 6 cardinals in the backyard this morning. I love their bright red color

Nick Wilford said...

I find it quite comical that the quail were intimidated by the block at first. I imagine it appeared to them like the monolith to the apemen in 2001 - they're only small! Pretty cool you got to see wild pigs, too.

Sunni said...

Betty,

I like quail and never get tired of the stories. :-) The quail feel much safer with the thing out in the bushes. You'll see and more will come.

That's ome thing I've never seem here - wild pigs.

Jeff Bushman said...

Quail are so neat. Javelina? Bacon? MMMMMMMMM

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Hi Betty! Well now, that was an interesting post! lol Wild pigs? Forgive me for not keeping up... Where are you living now?? I know you are looking to be in AZ.. hope that soon happens for you.

(On my Nashville trip: The actual trip was not cancelled, but many of us who are in the more 'stormy' areas cancelled our part in it. It was for the best.)

And now... I will wonder if there may be just one more quail story before you move... hmmm ;-)

David P. King said...

That's quite the adventure that block is taking. Leave some for the birds, cats and bunnies! :)

Hollie said...

I love hearing about your critters that visit!! Oh how exciting a new Corgi!!!! I can't wait to see and hear all about him/her!!!

Kate Larkindale said...

I love quail. There was a family with a whole raft of chicks the last time I was at our beach house and they skittered and chirped all over the driveway every time we came home.

Blue Grumpster said...

That's some story, betty. I love it. Plus you solved a mystery. The only mystery I need to solve is... how come I never get a raise?

Linda Lee said...

I also enjoy your quail stories...love seeing all the "critters" who came to visit. Today I saw wild turkeys, deer, and two bald eagles.

Rick Watson said...

What a hoot. I don't think we have wild pigs here but we have possums that would probably do the same thing :)

Lux G. said...

What? So cute! It's not every day you see something like that.

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting. This is my first time coming across a quail block, but your visitors find it mighty interesting, not to mention a treat.