|Gambel's quail eating my bird seed.|
I enjoy watching them, whether they are flying, eating, bathing, raising chicks, or otherwise occupied. I've been feeding the desert birds with a mixture of black oil sunflower seeds and wild bird seed. The Gambel's quail are my favorite of the ground birds here in this part of the desert.
The quail seem to live in and under the palo verde trees on the north side of the arroyo. They leave their hiding place, and come over to my seed which is only about 3 yards from their Palo Verde shelters. Sometimes they share the seed with doves and white-crowned sparrows. Sometimes they try to chase the doves and sparrows away.When I walk over to add bird seed, I check the ground and it's fascinating to see their foot prints, and see how the quail have scratched up the ground.