Friday, June 17, 2011

Quail Family

It all happened so quickly. I'm sorry that I don't have better pictures to share.

Mother, Father and Chicks

Yesterday, from inside the house, I noticed a mother, father and dozen or so chicks in the backyard. 

Gambel's Quail Mother with Youngsters



They really blended in with the ground as they scratched around for food.


How many chicks below?  The 4th one at the lower right looks nearly invisible.


I didn't know if they had hatched in the backyard or what.  After snapping a few pictures through the glass window, the neighbors' cat came into the yard.  Could the chicks fly?  Yes, well enough!

See the little tuft of head feathers?


Quail Chick in Mesquite Tree



Father and Child

Happy Father's Day Weekend. :)

32 comments:

Gaelyn said...

What a wonderful sight. Perfect for Father's Day. Glad the little ones could fly away from the cat.

Icy BC said...

This is fantastic Diane! What a wonderful bird to see in the backyard.

angryparsnip said...

You take the most wonderful wildlife photos.
So lucky to have a Quail Family !
I had 3 sets of Quail babies last year and even one Mum built a nest in my protected side yard. This year no babies but I have lots of Quail running around, so I am happy.

cheers, parsnip

Julie said...

They are so adorable!!! OMG!

SquirrelQueen said...

These are awesome photos Diane. The quail chicks are adorable, I especially like the one of chick and Dad. I haven't seen any here yet.

The Retired One said...

Adorable!! I have gotten partridge photos, but never ones with babies..how wonderful.

betchai said...

oh Diane, you are so lucky and seems to be living in a wildlife paradise. love it, how i wish i can experience something like this at least once in my life.

Joy said...

So wonderful! I am glad you were quick enough! Thanks for sharing!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a wonderful finding! thanks for sharing, Diane.

they are so cute!

beautiful photos, all of them! :)
betty xx

Boonie S said...

These are great photos! I love chicks.

Have a nice weekend, Boonie

rainfield61 said...

They are great.

Both the chicks and the pictures.

cieldequimper said...

So they had a narrow escape... Lovely father's day post!

Magia da Inês said...

。˛♥
Amiga,

MARAVILHOSO!!!

Beijinhos.
Brasil

。˚ ˚ ˛✿♪♫♪
。˛♥

Thérèse said...

Lovely, lovely. rare moments and great souvenirs for you and luckily less great for the cat...

angryparsnip said...

Your good luck for me, this morning I looked out and there was a Quail family fluttering by. I have babies !

cheers, parsnip

Tes said...

Oh wow, what an experience. Such a blessed sighting. I would have been so thrilled to see those. Good thing they can fly! Hahaha. Happy weekend, Diane! :)

Janie said...

They're so cute! I'm glad they can fly a little so they can get away from the cat!

Allison said...

Father and Child... for Father's Day! Sweet little birds these are.

Amin said...

They are so beautiful!

Magpie said...

I love the watch quail families. Everyone has a job and fits right into the whole...it's amazing. That little guy with the tuft, is TOO cute.

Loree said...

So sweet. So glad the cat didn't get them.

Lindy MacDuff said...

What a fitting father's day post.
It's always a treat getting to see the baby quail. =)

JDS said...

Adorable. I have seen plenty of quail "in the field" but rarely have I seen chicks, and never have I seen that many chicks.

Amin said...

Very beautiful post!

Prospero said...

A more wholesome family would be hard to come by.

Stephanie said...

Glad to know that those chicks could fly already. But I hope the cat would not come to frighten them again ;-)

Debbie Lo said...

Those babies are SO cute! Awwww! I love their little fluffy feathers. And the tuft of hair on that one's hair is just adorable.

Really great photos, Diane! I hope you don't have any fires near your house?

Diane AZ said...

Hi Deb, No fires in my area at this time but the forest is closed as a precaution.

Martha Z said...

Our community doesn't allow cats to run free. That's probably why we have so many quail. There are plenty of snakes and hawks, though, an I suspect they get their share.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wow these are the cutest photos! Quail parents have a lot of babies don't they. And I love the little tuft of hair starting!

Brenda's Arizona said...

How fun to see the chicks up close - even their top knot is developing. I hope you see these again soon, so we can follow their growth

ladydazy said...

So cute. Great shots!!!!