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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quail

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

Q - Quail

Okay, hands up.  Who thought I was going to use quail for the letter Q? 



My regular readers were subjected to my fascination of quail over the past year.  I think 75% of my posts had to do with them.  Couldn't get enough of watching them invade our back yard area when we lived in Prescott and eat the seed we would scatter for them.  

I followed a family of originally 16 or 17 baby quail; at the end before we moved I would see up to 15 of them at a time.  It was always a thrill when they came to visit; never got tired of watching them.

I called the year we were in Prescott the "year of the quail".  They truly did entertain me a lot (and I can't tell you how many countless pictures taken of them).

Now that we are in Phoenix with a closed in back  yard, I'm 100% sure we won't see the quail as we saw them up in Prescott.

Here is my final (I promise) quail entry.  Its what I learned from watching them over that year.  This was something I wrote a few months back:

I look at the quail and I see the knowledge You have given them.

they know to flee in danger, can we learn from them?

They quickly scamper away - they don't look back

They find shelter under a bush

They patiently stay there until it is safe to go

Whoever or however the "all clear" is sent, they trust and get moving again.

Like the quail we

must quickly get away from danger (temptation)

and not look back

We must find shelter (in God, His Word, His promises)

We must patiently wait for God's timing

No matter how long we must wait

When He tells us it is time to move, to act, to do

We must quickly do so

Trusting in him

Thank you Lord for lessons learned from your creatures you have created.


What is your favorite bird?

55 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

What sweet birds. I love your wisdom learned from them. This quote was special to me, "Like the quail we must quickly get away from danger (temptation)
and not look back."

Elizabeth said...

My hand is raised ;) I like your quail pictures, and I'm sure you will find something to replace them with in Phoenix. Beautiful words! We can learn great messages from God's creation.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I was curious about quail when I was younger. Only ever saw them on television. The every mystery of the illustrious quail. Jamaica really emphasizes the humming bird. They are beautiful.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

The quail do look rather adorable. I think my favourite bird is the European Robin, with their little red breast and their feisty temperaments :). They've also become a symbol of Christmas which is my fav time of year, so that helps too :).
Tasha
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

hi Betty - I think you've been blitzed - congratulations .. hope it leads to loads more visitors ...

Quail are hugely popular now - lots of recipes use quail eggs ... cheers Hilary

Kate Larkindale said...

I love quail. We have a family of them that live on our driveway at the beach house and every summer there's a flock of baby quail darting in and out of the trees as we walk up and down the drive. I love watching the mother try to herd them away while papa tries to be all menacing in front.

lyndagrace said...

I laughed at your first sentence. Hands up... To tell you the truth I was kinda hoping that would be your topic. I loved hearing about them and seeing your pictures.
I thought it was so interesting the way you drew the comparison between we humans, who can be quite fragile at times, and your beloved quail.
Beautiful words from someone who is not a writer :)

Intense Guy said...

I admit I was thinking "Qi" :-)

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

You were blessed by those quail visitors. Lovely list of wisdom too! We should all be more trusting and leave the past behind and move on.

Maria Zannini said...

LOL! I knew it would be quail.

My favorite bird is the crow. I have one crow that pops in now and again in front of my window. He is so much fun to watch. Wary but curious. One cold winter day when there was a freak snowstorm, I put out toasted bread slathered in peanut butter.

That crow brought a friend that day. :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I knew it! LOL... And I think it's wonderful. Such cute birds. I don't actually have a favourite; I like too many.

Bijoux said...

What a great verse/poem that you composed. My fave has to be the pileated woodpecker.

Sophie Duncan said...

I'm afraid the most I normally know about Quail is that they taste good ;P

My favourite bird is the Jackdaw, it is such an intelligent bird and it is stunning with it's silvery sheen on its head. We have a few who visit our garden and I love watching them.

Sophie
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SweetMarie said...

such wonderful and true words. :) I hope you're enjoying Phoenix! we're still home shopping.
Marie :)

Rosa Temple said...

There is a lot we can learn from the animal kingdom. I didn't know you had a quail obsession so I can listen some more about them! I thoroughly enjoyed your words.
Rosa
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Linda said...

Very cute with the quail (again). I bet you miss their inspiration at your new place. Beautiful words you penned! I love seeing bright red cardinals and mallard ducks.

Joanne Noragon said...

You are my morning chuckle. Of course it would be quail. I like all the birds.

Stephen Tremp said...

Betty, I'm late I'm late for a very important date. You've been Blitzed!

Changes in the wind said...

I live in the Phoenix area with a enclosed yard. I buy the quail block from Fry's and they come along with some other birds:)

joeh said...

I liked your quail posts. We used to see them from time to time and hear that "Bob White " call often in NJ. Now not at all.

Pat Hatt said...

lol yep, the cat figured Quail would be for Q at your zoo. Couldn't bring the 16 or 17 with you? Could have a quail zoo in your yard.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I didn't give that any thought but you are right....it had to be Quail! Our God is an awesome God!!!

Joanne said...

was not expecting quail, but worthy post in your queue

Thea O'Brian said...

I knew of a man that would go quail hunting to eat them. He said they were very tasty.
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Kathleen Valentine said...

I'm lucky to live next to an old cemetery that is always full of birds. Sometimes we get Snowy Owls and they are the most absolutely beautiful birds.

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Spacerguy said...

live long and prosper

Sarah Allan said...

Those quail are adorable! I think my favorite bird might be anything colorful that entertains my kitties at the bird feeder. :-P (They're indoor cats, so they hunt vicariously from the window.)

M Pax said...

I see them sometimes here in Oregon. I love the way they follow each other and seem so happy. Happy Blitz Day! A day late :)

Paula Kaye said...

I miss your writing about the quail. Probably as much as you miss seeing them. I wonder what new birds will visit you now!

Samantha Dunaway Bryant said...

My favorite bird is maybe the pelican, maybe the heron. I can't pick!


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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I did know you would use quail. I'll miss your pictures and stories about them. I love the hawks and bald eagles I see from our backyard.

Susan Says

shortybear said...

really nice

Mevely317 said...

Your "Lessons" of the quail is wonderful, Betty! (I think) Worthy of publication, maybe in something like Guideposts.

T. A. Miles said...

I haven't seen quails since I lived in California. I love birds of all kinds. I think I enjoy the meadow lark's song the most and I find cranes to be among the more lovely, though I'll ultimately always favor owls. :)

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Megan Whitson Lee said...

I love your poem. It's perfect for the beauty and simplicity of these birds and God's plan for them (as well as us!). I kind of suspected you might have chosen quail for Q. Ha!

Joy said...

My friend in primary school used to raise quail. <3!

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Ruth said...

I always liked hummingbirds.

Wendy said...

Oh that's hilarious. Quail indeed. My favorite bird is my state bird, Cardinal. Perfectly red. And a pleasant singing voice.

Jo said...

Now with that many quail, I would have been thinking of eating them. Very tasty little birds.

My favourite bird is probably an English Robin

Lynn Proctor said...

Love your a choice- I think woodpeckers!

Lynn Proctor said...

Love your a choice- I think woodpeckers!

Sharon said...

Hands up - I KNEW it would be quail.

I really liked the lessons you brought out from observing them, and how you made them spiritual applications. I really liked all that you said, especially "We must wait patiently for God's timing, no matter how long we must wait." Oh yes, indeed.

My favorite bird? The red-tailed hawk! Every time I see one I think of being carried on the pinions of God's strong wings!!

GOD BLESS!

Liz A. said...

Totally not surprised to see quail today. Too bad you won't get them in Phoenix.

Aneeta said...

I guessed Quail!

Lovely photos.

Aneeta from
How to Tell a Great Story

Denise said...

Back in 1989 I suggested that our Township change the township bird from the Meadowlark, which was no longer seen here, to the black-capped chickadee. It was a slow news day and my phone rang non-stop. Our Township logo is the great blue her on which nests about a half mile north of my home. I haven't seen quail here since we came 40+ years ago. But last fall wild turkeys came back.

jack69 said...

Good one. Yep I kewe the quail was coming, but I love quail!

Rhonda Albom said...

Quail is the perfect Q, and great for a blitz day. :)

Luci said...

Beautiful post and fascinating pictures!

Veronica Lee said...

Totally expected this, Betty! My fave bird? Parrot I guess especially those talking ones.

J.L. Weigt said...

Lol, I see what you mean, about the letter Q being easy for you! :) I'm a big fan the Nuthatch. I named a character in my book after this bird in fact, because they're the only birds that can climb headfirst down a tree, so I thought it fitting for a girl that likes to do things her own way! :)
Jamie Lyn Weigt | Writing Dragons Blog

Birgit said...

I would have been disappointed if you didn't speak about your quail. They really mean something to you and you can learn about the spirit of the quail.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Loved the poem! Such truth! When I posted a pic of quail for my Q, I thought of you! haha Don't let this be your last quail entry...sure as you say that, the perfect quail photo opps will present themselves, and you'll have to share!

My favorite birds are hyacinth macaws, but since I have to go to the zoo to see them, I like to watch cardinals, and I like indigo buntings, as well.

Sunni said...

I knew Q would be for quail, but that's okay. I bet I have as many pictures of them as you do. I enjoy watching them a lot. We should be seeing the babies soon around here. I love the way they mimic their parents - so cute to watch.

I've learned they always watch out for each other and post a guard on our wall to warn the others of coming dangers.

I hope you get to see them again.

Sunni

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

Very clever idea for Q-Day. Some of these letters are a bit of a stretch! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by at Kicking MS to the Curb - and happy A to Z.

Darcy said...

How fun - I love watching wildlife. I have families of cardinals that live in my backyard. They have such pretty calls.