Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Major Bird News

Baby Quail 5-16-2008 9-58-26 AM 514x357 Well,  the big thing is that the baby quail have started appearing. I have one family of five or six, in which the chicks are all kindergarten or first grade, just starting to get their mohawks. Another family only has one chick, a little bitty thing that looks as if it hatched maybe a couple of days ago. I wonder what happened to the rest of the eggs?

I haven’t seen the mockingbird again, but yesterday morning I had a beautiful orange male Bullock’s oriole (it had a mask like The Lone Ranger) and  parent and chick curved-bill thrashers have been on the porch and at the quail block. The adults have amber-colored eyes, while the babies have grey eyes. They are almost the same size, but the chicks are fluffier and constantly begging for food.

I have not seen the hawk ONCE since we put up the shade over the quail block.


  1. You are so smart. protecting baby quail must give you sainthood qualifications.

  2. Way to go with the Hawk prevention technique!

  3. Awww. He's so cute with his little fauxhawk! Looks just like Ryan Seacrest on American Idol. Ouch! Hey! Quit hitting!