Tuesday, 12 June 2012
While it has been a great year for the Saguaro Blossoms and would appear to have been a good year for lizards, for some reason it has not been a good year for quail. At this time of year we would expect to see masses of young quail trotting around behind Mom but they are noticeably scarce. Many females have no young at all and the ones that do have two or three rather than five or six babies. Did the warmer weather bring their natural predators out earlier? Did the cold snap in spring affect the eggs at a vital stage? No one seems to have a definitive answer. One thing I do know, one poor year shouldn't threaten this particular species! They are not exactly scarce. So in recognition of these endearing characters who bustle and fuss around our yard 24/7 I picked out a few of my favorite pictures.
Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods