ARTISTS AND BIRDS

"King of Bunker Hill"

Gambel’s Quail

quail babies       When was the last time you played King of Bunker Hill? Remember when any pile of dirt that was stacked high was a challenge for you and your friends? One kid at the top, and everyone trying to knock him off so they could become king? This game could go on for hours and hours. Then finally you had to go home tired, hot, thirsty, and in clothes that needed to be washed with Tide.

       That’s what it looked like was happening this week when we watched teenage Quail trying to decide their pecking order with each other. Adolescent Quail need to decide their social standing and will play a dominance game, like King of Bunker Hill, with an energy and a joy of life, that is a delight to see. As the young Quail made their moves zipping up, down, and sideways at high speed, they amazingly managed to avoid collisions with other Quail families. There were several teenage coveys in the same area that were playing either games, or waiting for their turn to play. There were even more newly hatched baby Quail that were following parents through all this turmoil to get to food, water, and safety. What a sight we got to see.

       Do yourself a favor one of these days and drive where the Quail are. Go near the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Kayenta, Coral Cliffs, Leeds, Grandpa’s Pond . . . well, how about all over southern Utah. Now is the time to see Quail of all sizes coming up from the river, crossing the road, or following the leader. Tiny fuzz balls rolling at top speed to keep up with the ‘old man’, aunt, or mom. If you look really carefully through the brush and shrubbery, you’ll see Quail busily searching for food, and playing games. Some of the other games both first and second hatches play are -- Tag, I’m Bigger Than You, Run Sheepie Run, No Bears Are Out Tonight, etc. etc. etc.

       Gambel’s Quail are found in open habitats interspersed with shrubs ,trees or brush piles. This habitat serves as an excellent escape cover and source of food, as they travel from one shrub to another. The baby Quail eat mainly insects, but as they grow, they favor a vegetarian diet of seeds, grasses, and small plants. I hope you find what we found, and enjoy the many antics of the young Gambel’s Quail.

       The artist for the Baby Quail is Marilyn Davis. If you have questions about birds, upcoming Red Cliffs Audubon monthly activities, or the St. George Winter Bird Festival - call 435 673-0996.


Past Articles

"Cold Days and Good Memories"  (White Pelican) 
"Where's Sherlock Holmes When You Need Him?" (YB Cuckoo)
"Tale of Four Birders"  (Western Scrub Jay)
"East Zion Continued" (Golden-crowned Kinglet),
  Vermilion Flycatcher
"Aerial Wolves" (Sharp-shinned Hawk)
"From Clown School to Pond" (Ruddy Duck)
"Shades of Red" Red-tailed Hawk
"Predatory Songbird" (Northern Shrike)
"The Cagey Killdeer"
"A True Bird Story" (Willet)
"A Song to Remember" (Hermit Thrush)
"To Catch a Fish..." (Green Heron aka Green-backed Heron)
"No Spring Cleaning" (Brown-headed Cowbird)
"Look-alikes Galore" (Sage Sparrow)
"A Jazzy Singer" (Cassin's Finch)
"Salute the Coot" (American Coot)
"Put a Smile on Your Face" (Greater Roadrunner)
"The Tale of Fred and Ethel" (Mallard)
"A Flutter of Sparrows" (Clay-colored Sparrow)
"A Sight to Remember" (Blue-gray gnatcatcher)
"About Night Life" (Northern Saw-whet Owl)
"Black and White and Smart All Over" (BB Magpie)
"Dressed for Dinner... of Fine Wines and Bugs" (RN Sapsucker)
"A Life List" (Painted Redstart)
"Bird-Brained" (Flammulated Owl)
"Needle in a Haystack" (White-throated Sparrow)
"Booby Trap Nest" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"The Crowd Pleaser" (Western Tanager)
"Seeds and Civilization" (American Tree Sparrow)
"A Childhood Treasure" (Black-headed Grosbeak)
"Those Itchy Red Bumps" (Cliff Swallow)
"Is There a Bee in Your Bonnet" (Utah bees)
"Where's My Winter Coat" (Great-tailed Grackle)
"Ice Age Tree Planter" (Blue Jay)
"An Uncommon Beauty" (Black-and-white Warbler)
"What's In a Name" (American Redstart)
"When the Cold Winds Blow" (Western Grebe)
"A National Beauty" (Bald Eagle)

"Feathered Tiger" (Cooper's Hawk)
"The Accomplished Carpenter" (Acorn Woodpecker)
"Jewels" (Evening Grosbeak)
"Observations on the Road" (Rock Pigeon)
"A Leftover Memory" (California Gull)
"Lifelong Dreams" (Greater Roadrunner)
"Who's in Your Yard"  (House Wren)
"A Touch of Blue" (Mountain Bluebirds)
"Fur and Feathers" (Spotted Owl)
"Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" (Mountain Chickadee)
"In Search of" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"Wanderlust" (Canada Goose)
"Einstein Birds" (American Crow)
"What Spring Brings" (American Wigeon)
"Magnificent and Adaptable" (Golden Eagle)
"The Lonliest Sound" (Common Loon)
"When a Rare One Shows" (Thayer's Gull)
"Bird of the Ocean Shores" (Brown Pelican)
"A Mature Forest" (Northern Goshawk)
"When Black Eyes are Cool" (Short-eared Owl)
"Spring Is Busting Out All Over" (American Robin)
"Acrobatic Survivor" (Common Raven)
"Are You Ready For Hummers?" (Calliope HBird)
"Poppies, Rock Wren, and a Trip in Time" (Rock Wren)

"What’s On Tonaquint Pond?" (Baby Mallard Ducks)
"Definitely Not High-Uintah Parrots" (Pine Grosbeak)
"Before Radio, Records, and Hi-Fi" (N. Mockingbird)
"Bloomington Hills Drive Pond" (Birds of Southern Utah)
"Marks of Identification" (Northern Harrier)
"Nature’s Fighter Plane" (Common Nighthawk)
"King of the Western Skies" (California Condor)
"Are Bugs On Your Diet?" Ash-throated Flycatcher
"Warblers with Cavities" Lucy's Warbler
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" Steller's Jay
"Life Bird List" Indigo Bunting
"Valley of Ghosts" Burned habitat
"One Raven is a Good Omen" Raven
"Way-Cool Bird" Cassin's Kingbird
"What a Song Will Do" Virginia Rail
"Surprise at Kolob"  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
"Hatches and Hatches" Mourning Dove babies
"Power Lines and Fence Posts" American Kestrel
"Pump-er-Lunk, Pump-er-Lunk" American Bittern
"What's a Chukar" Chukar
"A Jacket in The Morning" Oregon Junco
 "Silhouettes in the Sky" Turkey Vulture

"The Sound of Fall" White-crowned Sparrow
"Where Birds Hang Out" Ruby-crowned Kinglet
"Just Desserts" Canvasback Duck
"Reasons to Visit Zion" Wild Turkey


"Disappearing Act" Sage Sparrow
"A Favorite Bird of the UK" English Robin
"The Christmas Card Bird" Black-capped Chickadee
"Warm Slippers" Rough-legged Hawk

"Beautiful, But Strange" Northern Shoveler
"Live Christmas Tree Ornaments" Scrub Jay
"Red and Black and ..." Vermilion Flycatcher
"Bird Songs" Birds at the feeder

"Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" Ovenbird
"Raptors and Bird Feeders"
"Who’s Who in Winter" Abert's Towhee
"The Original Centerfold Model" Eastern bluebird

"What This ‘Look-Alike’ Looks Like" Pine Siskin
"To Shine a Light on a Name" Cedar Waxwing
"Find a Ladder-backed WP" Ladder-backed WP
"The Price of Bird Seed" Lesser Goldfinch
"Our Juniper Trees" Townsend's Solitaire
"Bird Friendly Backyard" Lazuli Bunting
"What’s in a Lek?"
Sage Grouse
"The Dueling Doves" M. Dove - Collared-Dove
"Frozen Dinners" Turkey Vulture
"Stop, Sit, Listen & Watch" Common Yellowthroat
"The Night Hunter" Black-crowned Night-Heron

"Window Peekers" Hummingbirds
"When Food’s Free" Bullock's Oriole
 "Here To Stay!" House Sparrow
"Wild Places" Black-throated Sparrow
"Weird Spring - Many Birds" Western Tanager
"A Little Bird Watching" baby bird watching
"Stripes, Streaks, Bills, Crowns, and Colors"  Lark Sparrow
"Hoping for Perfect"
Gray Catbird
"Home Sweet Home???" Horned Lark
"Ah, the Western Bluebird!"
"The 'Under Cover" Bird" Green-tailed Towhee>
"A Shady Patio"Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk
"Quail Talk" Gambel's Quail
"Flight of Dragonflies"
  Ruffed Grouse/Rattlesnake
"Bird Feathers"
"Protective Coloration" Pigeons
"The Agile Scavenger" Common Raven
"Where Have All The Pheasants Gone?"
"Black is Beautiful!" Common Black Hawk

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"The Ugly Duckling" Mute Swan
"What Birders Do" Magnificent Hummingbird
"The Magic of October" Double-crested Cormorant
"A Gibberish Conversation" Great-tailed Grackle
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"Flying Fortress White Pelican
  "What is a CBC?" Golden-crowned Sparrow
"Is That a Wild Canary?" Yellow Warbler
"A Tale of a Great Blue Heron
" Great Blue Heron
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"Crash Landing" Eared Grebe
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"Become a Junior Birder"
"Seen Any UFOs???"
"Feathered Treasures"
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"Mr. Lonesome" Greater Roadrunner
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"Winter Colors" American Goldfinch

"Black Snow" European Starling
"Looking Way Good" Belted Kingfisher
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"What Spring Will Bring" Willow Flycatcher
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"A Suitable Nest" Vermilion Flycatcher
"Stuck in Dixie"  Tree Swallow
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"Apple Valley Babies"Western Scrub Jays
"The Fading Song Act" Cactus Wren
"To Win the Ladies"
Northern Mockingbird
"Color is Significant to a Flicker" Northern Flicker




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