Guess what I saw in my backyard today??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by USAmma, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. USAmma

    USAmma Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    A wild Gambel's quail! I have lived in my home for 15 years and we are in the the middle of Phoenix-area suburbia. There is still a bit of free space about a mile away on some canals but mostly it's roads, houses, and freeway. I have seen all kinds of birds but never a quail in my area. And yet there it was. I saw it on my 6 foot high block fence, a nice male with a feather on its head. It walked across my yard and then it saw us looking out and hopped onto the other 6 foot fence and disappeared. I was amazed how easily it hopped up and down. I didn't know they could hop that high up so gracefully. I wonder if it was attracted to my 16 hens in a coop in my yard and had to check it out?

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014

  2. Ntsees

    Ntsees Songster 5 Years

    Jul 27, 2012
    Wild birds are agile to survive. If it hopped from the ground up to the 6 foot fence, it had the help of its wings.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Cool! I have seen Gambels come to clean up the wild bird seed that had fallen on the ground, when we lived down in the deserts here in NM. They are pretty brave little birds! Love the way they all filed out of the bushes single file, top knots all bobbing as they called out. LOL

    Up here in the mountains, we have the Montezuma Quail and they will come in the fall to the sound of my Bobs calling for the winter covey. I find them sneaking around in the brush around here sometimes.

    Just love those wild quail!!
  4. veggietreeigrl

    veggietreeigrl In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2014
    Southern California
    Oh cool! I saw a bunch of California Quail at work the other day. I hadn't seen any in a while.

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