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Gambel’s Quail Chicks in Corrales

Every year I await the arrival of Gambel’s Quail chicks with a great deal of anticipation. The problem with photographing quail chicks is that they run very fast, and they hide very well. I was fortunate to see a quail family running across the road late last week when I was on my way to work.

Please note that the photos in this post are not very sharp as I stayed well away from the quail to keep from alarming the parents and frightening the chicks.

Gambel's Quail chicks

Not a very clear photo, but I counted 21 chicks crossing the road. That's a lot for one brood!

Dad Quail stood watch from a Four-wing Saltbush while Mom Quail led the chicks across the road.

Dad Gambel's Quail stands watch as the chicks cross the road.

Gambel's Quail

Using my vehicle as a blind, I watched the chicks as they scurried for cover after crossing the road.

Gambel's Quail chicks

Gambel's Quail chicks scurry for cover after crossing the road.

Gambel's Quail chicks

More Gambel's Quail chicks seek cover in the Three-leaf Sumac.

All of the chicks crossed the road, and Mom Gambel’s Quail herded the last of the chicks to safety.

Gambel's Quail Mom and chicks

Mom Gambel's Quail herds the last of the chicks to safety.

I tried to get a close-up photo of one of the chicks. This slightly fuzzy photo of a fuzzy quail chick was the best that I could manage:

Gambel's Quail chick, fuzzy close-up.

On Sunday I was excited to see that an entire Gambel’s Quail family had stopped for lunch in my garden. I do not know if it was the same family, but it was a very large family. Dad Quail watched while Mom quail and the chicks ate …

Gambel's Quail adults and chicks

Dad Gambel's Quail watches while Mom Quail and the chicks eat lunch.

… then Mom Quail watched while Dad Quail ate and the chicks continued to eat.

Gambel's Quail mom and chicks

Mom Quail watches while Dad Quail and the chicks eat.

Everyone took a final bite or two, and the quail family prepared to leave.

Gambel's Quail adults and chicks

The quail family prepares to leave.

The family left along the garden wall, which we call the “Quail Highway.”

Gambel's Quail chicks

Adios! Hasta la vista. . .

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Sunday Photo Blogging-Corrales Weekend Birds

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Corrales. I went for a short bike ride and did a little shopping, but mostly I worked in the garden. I took my camera with me as I worked.

The Western Scrub Jays and the Curve-billed Thrashers were busy at the peanut feeder behind the house.

Western Scrub Jay

Western Scrub Jay close up

Curve-billed Thrasher

Gambel’s Quail were enjoying the shelled peanuts that I put out on the garden wall.

Gambel's Quail Adult Male and Chick.

Gambel's Quail Chicks

The hummingbird feeders were popular with the migrating hummingbirds and a few lingering residents.

Female Rufous Hummingbird

Female Rufous Hummingbird and Male Black-chinned Hummingbird

Male Black-chinned Hummingbird

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird

Should I have been concerned that there were Turkey Vultures circling overhead?

Turkey Vultures

It’s always interesting to watch the birds around my house.

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A Leap of Faith

Last Friday, which involved both dental surgery and the latest chapter in my continuing legal nightmare, it occurred to me that maybe continuing to go to the office every day is not something that I am willing to do. On Sunday I watched these little Gambel’s Quail chicks take the leap across the gap of my garden gate, and I realized that this morning I too need to make a leap of faith and return to work.

Get Ready

Get Set


Made It!

The Quail Parade Continues

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Sunday Photo Blogging-Garden Birds

I had dental surgery this Friday. It was something that I have needed to do for quite some time, and I finally did it. I was still feeling pretty shaky yesterday, but I decided to walk around the garden with a camera to see if I could find some birds to photograph.

As usual, the quail were using my garden wall as a highway.

Gambel's Quail adult and chicks

Gambel's Quail chicks

There were plenty of Black-chinned Hummingbirds at the feeders.

Female Black-chinned Hummingbird

A Greater Roadrunner made a brief appearance on the garden wall as well.

Greater Roadrunner behind Russian Sage

Greater Roadrunner poses for the camera

It’s always fun to watch the birds in my garden!

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