Friday, July 19, 2013

Quail Update—Climbing the tree to roost

This is a promised followup to my earlier post about the quail family roosting in my olive tree. It was just a few days ago, and I observed that the juveniles in this very large family lined up and climbed the tree via a large sloping branch.

Last night I finally got a video, but the juveniles have grown so much that many of them are flying up to roost. The light is poor here, but you can still see four climbing, and one flying, then climbing.


  1. Anonymous5:09 AM

    Well done. Did you get your new camera?

    1. Not yet, but I think this week. Getting the same as yours only 20x.

  2. I guess they hop before the fly (being ground birds and all). Their preferred mode of travel.

  3. Yes, except they don't hop. They walk. Birds usually do one, but not both. Quail, doves, mockingbirds, cactus wrens--they all walk. Sparrows and finches hop. But yes, I believe quail greatly prefer walking--even if it involves climbing--to flying.