Date: 11/11/19 11:06 am
From: Gary Lingle via Groups.Io <pelicanlingle=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Quail
Where is “here”? Southern NM covers a huge area.

Gary Lingle
Gibbon NE

> On Nov 11, 2019, at 12:26 PM, Steve McIlree <smcilree...> wrote:
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> I know it's against the rules to talk about birds outside Nebraska, but one advantage of making the rules is being able to bend them so I intend to share what is going on with birds in southern New Mexico from time to time.
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> I've been amazed by the number, variety, and visibility of quail down here. At our house, we see large coveys of both Gambels and Scaled year around. Starting in the Spring and on through the Summer, we get to watch the new broods being brought out by their parents. When they first show up they are no larger than ping-pong balls, but they grow quickly and soon it's hard to tell them from the adults. But usually, by that time there are more chicks to watch grow. It appears that especially with the Gambels one hen babysits all the chicks leaving the others free to forage on their own. The two breeds stay pretty much to themselves, but evidently not entirely because you occasionally see what folks here call a Scrambled Quail, with the body markings of Scaled and the face and topknot of a Gambels. As well as these two breeds we also have Montezuma Quail in the area, but I have only seen one once in the whole time I've been here.
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> Steve McIlree
> NEBirds Owner
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>> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 6:41 AM Jan Johnson <janbirder...> wrote:
>> Wow! Yesterday I was thrilled to have one Bobwhite in the yard. This morning an even bigger thrill. There are 14 feeding under the spruce tree right now. I sure hope they keep returning.
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>> Jan Johnson
>> Wakefield
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
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