This week, I have yet another post highlighting some of the wildlife that crosses through my backyard. I do have many different types of birds that cross through the neighborhood. One of my favorite birds to observe is the Gambel’s Quail. Gambel’s Quails, named after 19th century naturalist William Gambel, are primarily found in the Southwestern United States. They are ground foragers and eat mostly plant matter (i.e. seeds, leaves, etc…) though juveniles tend to eat insects as well.
The first two photos below are of a male quail. Males have a mask-like appearance on their faces and copper colored feathers on the tops of their heads.
Typically, these quails will travel in packs as a family unit. At the beginning of summer, many new quails were spotted running around the yard with their parents. Below, I was able to snap a photo of a female Gamble’s Quail with her two chicks.