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    Quail numbers over the years

    In the 20 years I've been riding around AZ, I have noticed more quail recently than ever before. I don't even recall ever seeing any quail at all during the first few years when I started riding.

    In particular, it the Gambel's Quail, the ones with the black plume on their head. Has anyone noticed the same thing? Where did so many quail come from?

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    I was commenting on this to my GF the other day. The area around my house is flooded with quail.

    I also see a bunch while riding in the McDowells.

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    Quail populations ebb and flow with precipitation amounts and weather conditions in the Spring breeding season.

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    hmmmmm ... I am an avid quail hunter.... Quail are much smarter than folks give them credit for... One bird by itself may be very stupid, but the covey as a whole is almost like an intelligent being....

    It may be that you are riding in areas that were recently closed to hunting ? If that is the case you will see a flood of birds in this area...

    I have always seen lots of quail in areas that are not open to hunting... The area of BCT north of Rock Springs is prime quail habitat... but do you see a lot of quail there.. no... mainly becuase its far from homes and its open to hunting...

    I can't say I have seen an increase of quail in either areas semi-urban or rural... There have always been sparse numbers of quail (or they dont show themselves) in rural areas and a $hitload of quail in semi-urban areas...

    Ive been hunting quail for about the past 9 years...

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    Small Game Outlook

    its usually pretty accurate... and I do agree with his statement about the cottontail... the cottontail are going to blow up this winter and spring... especially come spring time...
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    i'll have 30-40 in my back yard every morning and evening. at least 2 groups are springtime litters that never left mom & dad's house.
    why would they,, they always have a yummy quail block, 2 watertrays, and honeysuckle and hibiscus flowers to nibble on.

    sometimes i have to hose the patio down every other day. but it's well worth having the most popular wildlife club scene right out your patio.

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    Feeding quail is way fun, I've been feeding the ones that visit my house for over 10 years. I've got a very long and fascinating story about it (with photos) for another time.

    It's the quail you see along the trails in the desert that seem far more common than 10-20 years ago. Places like PMP, McD's, and just about everywhere we ride. Now that MtbAZ44 mentioned it, it makes perfect sense that the quail concentrate where they're not hunted.

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    sometimes the cottontails will box the quail away from the block. i just set the gopro on the ground a few feet away and left in on for this.
    considering a gopro normally has really crappy sound recording, it picked up all the chirps and everything pretty well that afternoon. they sound like guinea pigs when they chat to each other.
    at 0:55 once chases the other right up to the camera.
    at 3:00 you can see several babies start to descend the wall right above the left quail block, then a mockingbird totally swoops in and picks off one of them at the end.


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    If you feed them long enough, the hawks will eventually spot their feeding place and swoop down to snatch one. It's pretty amazing to watch.

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    we toss leftovers into the yard or over the fence. along with some puddles regularly left by my sprinkler that provides water most mornings, we get pretty good action in the backyard with quails and some other larger black birds with long skinny beaks. 20 quails in yard right now! Tuesday one of the other birds flew in the house. Good stuff! Do quails etc. eat ants? usually the ants contend for the same food, hoping the birds will fix that little issue for me too. Of course, i wouldnt have ants if i didnt feed the quails.

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    black birds are ravens.... best solution for ants are lizards and geckos... not sure how to lure them in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    black birds are ravens.... best solution for ants are lizards and geckos... not sure how to lure them in...
    beak looks wrong for a raven based on the pics i just saw, but I'm no ornithologist

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    I was just complaining this morning about the early morning wake up from the quail argument in the backyard at 6:00am. The numbers are way up
    " the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." C&H

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    beak looks wrong for a raven based on the pics i just saw, but I'm no ornithologist
    Your probably seeing a Great Tailed Grackle. They're all over the place around here. Kind of a pushy bird sometimes. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyChap View Post
    Your probably seeing a Great Tailed Grackle. They're all over the place around here. Kind of a pushy bird sometimes. :-)
    i believe so. Thanks Dusty.

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    I've got what appears to be parakeets all over my 'hood. Bright green and chirpy as hell. They live in my palm trees.

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    sun conures,, theyre native to brazil, but a bunch of them have been released here and started their own colonies.

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    Is it just me or does that screen capture in post 7 look like that bunny is trying to mount that quail

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    beak looks wrong for a raven based on the pics i just saw, but I'm no ornithologist

    I didn't realize there were photos .... anyway I shouldn't be assuming... I just see a lot of ravens in the north scottdale area...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I've got what appears to be parakeets all over my 'hood. Bright green and chirpy as hell. They live in my palm trees.
    parakeet would be obvious with a hooked beak. my guess is finches, what a muthafuggin country!

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    I guess they are called Peach Faced Lovebirds :

    Wild Parrots in our back yard, Scottsdale, AZ - YouTube

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    You haven't watched enough birds until you've seen pigeons rape the stupid mourning doves.

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    Like the salmon of Capistrano ...

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    That video was so funny!
    The Quail are fearless around the wabbit and the wabbit is skittish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    Is it just me or does that screen capture in post 7 look like that bunny is trying to mount that quail
    It's just you!
    Ya gotta lay off the bunny porn!
    Now go have a frosty brew and confess your sins! lol

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