Mostly we have Gambel’s Quail that migrate through here, but recently there has been a fairly good-sized crop of Scaled Quail hanging about in the back. They make an entirely different sound from the Gambel’s, and seem much less organized. They squawk and race around like their little internal GPS units are on the fritz, whereas the Gambel’s seem orderly and have it together.
The Scaled Quail family made an appearance yesterday, and totally lived up to their image. They were all over the yard next door, then migrated to our back yard, then over the fence into the open area.
By this time, I had managed to get my photography self out onto the deck. But they saw me, and all dived into the cover of the overgrown areas at the bases of the mesquite trees. Once in a while one would pop out, and I’d snap a picture. Since none came to any harm from that snapping sound, they finally decided that it was safe to continue their journey down the alley. So they popped out a few at a time. There must have been about a dozen of them, but at least ten were rowdy toddlers, and just ran helter skelter in all directions. There was much clucking to get them all back in line . . . and away they went, totally out of my sight.
So the above picture is the best I could do. If you enlarge it (click once, let it load, then click again), you will see that a couple of the adolescents look just like the human adolescents we see on the streets, i.e. Mohawk haircuts and an attitude! ;->