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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The first baby sighting of the year


I’m talking about animal babies here, in this case baby quail.  They are about three weeks late in showing up this year but the weather has been cooler and rainier.  I don’t know if that affects quail life or not.



 Baby quail twins
 
This morning a recently hatched couple of babies were separated from their siblings and parents.  I’m not sure how this can happen because the quail seem to know how many little ones they have and if anyone is lost.  They will stay around and call out until they find the babies.  Not so today.  The parents were missing.  My husband went out, picked these two up, took them around to the vacant lot, and let them go in the dense underbrush.  They seemed to be looking that way and didn’t now how to get over there.  Of course, I’m worried about them because survival is slim anyway here in the desert.  I hope the parents will find them before dark.

They were very unafraid because they haven’t learned that skill yet.  This is the only pic I got of them but they are so cute and only about an inch high.  I’m sure more pictures will be coming later.

8 comments:

  1. Such cute baby quail! I do hope they found their parents! I haven't seen any baby quail yet here, afraid maybe I won't. See lots of "big" quail but none with families yet. There was a picture on the Prescott Facebook page of someone that had quail families in their area with 21 babies (I'm assuming more than one set of parents). It was adorable!

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      We usually have lots of quail families around this time of year and the "kids" are all varying ages by June. I'm not sure what's happened this year. I did see one family come by with about twenty little ones that were about a third grown. That's it so far except these two little ones who lost their parents.

      It's possible for quail to have two dozen babies at a time. Most of the time there aren't that many in one family.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get to see some baby quail this year.

      Sunni

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  2. I hope the parents are okay.

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    1. Hi Liz,

      Yes, I hope nothing happened to the parents too. It's very unusual for the babies to become separated because quail are very good parents and don't let the little ones stray very far away.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

      Sunni

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  3. I hope they and the parents are safe and all of them are back together again.

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    1. Hi PL,

      I hope the same thing.

      Thanks for reading.

      Sunni

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    1. Anjalika,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting.

      Sunni

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