Tucson By Choice!: Little Walnuts Walking on Sticks. A Gambel's Quail in my Geranium Pot.

Little Walnuts Walking on Sticks. A Gambel's Quail in my Geranium Pot.

Male Gambel's QuailGambel's Quail egg clutch in my geraniums

 

 

 

 

 

We've never seen the mother sit on the nest, and it wasn't until there were four or five eggs that we noticed them at all. 

Gambel's Quail are among my favorite visitors to our backyard in the Arizona Sonoran Desert.  The male and the female are about the same size--about ten inches from beak to tail.

Gambel's Quail, maleWhen they fly (which isn't often unless they're threatened) they display a wingspan of sixteen inches or so.

The clutch has grown by one egg per day, and when I took this photo, there were ten.

No doubt the clutch is larger now, and any day now, we'll see the family walking single file across our yard toward the arroyo between us and the mountain. 

Dad will be first, then the little ones all in a line, and finally, Mom, bringing up the rear.  The babies are little balls of fluff; they look like walnuts on sticks!

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Comment balloon 39 commentsMike Jones • May 21 2008 11:54PM

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Mike, Oh so cute!  When I lived in PA, every year our geranium plant would have a nest of wrens.  Enjoy your new babies and try to get some pictures for us!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Roberta,

Thanks for being the first to comment!  We'll work on some photos as things progress.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Aren't they beautiful birds.  I've never seen them before.  Can't wait to see the babies.  Thanks Mike.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

Mike - I can't say that I've ever seen one of them in person either... What a little treasure.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

For "little walnuts" they sure seem to grow into colorful adults! It's quite a gift that nature has left in your geranium pot; thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

Mike, how adorable! Quail are some of the cutest birds. I love your description of the babies as "walnuts on sticks"!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 10 years ago

Linda,

They are absolutely the cutest little things!  Thanks for commenting.

John,

You're welcome!

Jesse,

I hadn't seen them until I moved to Tucson.  They're larger than the eastern quail I'm used to seeing in South Carolina (home of my alma mater.)

Susie,

They sure are!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Well, I for one, are looking forward to photos of the family taking a walk. 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Those are just amazing and great photos!

Your Friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago

Mike,

What a beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing these photos with us.....I look forward to seeing the little chicks when they hatch out.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 10 years ago

Love to see the babies when they hatch. We had a Robin with a nest on our wreath on the front door once they are very creative on locations for the nest.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 10 years ago

Mike~I'm in heaven!  I love to see the pictures and ideally phyisically see these beautiful gifts we have in nature. My little girl would just love these pictures.  I will have to show her later today.  Thank you for this wonderful gift of sharing.

Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) over 10 years ago

Mike,

You always have the most interesting visitors. And I might add some of the best readin' and some very nice photos in AR.

Don R.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Mike, what great pictures and I can't wait to see the babies to.  Thanks for sharing!

 

Posted by Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections, Experience the IHI Difference (IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581) over 10 years ago

Wish we had these birds in Texas!!

Posted by Susan Hilton, Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate (CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike,
I don't think we have those birds here in NC, they are beautiful.  Isn't it fun to keep vigil overe the eggs?

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 10 years ago

Mike...those pictures were beautiful...what a colorful bird. How long before the babies turn Blue? Please get pictures after the family  comes out!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Mike,

Nice touch...nice pics too!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Joan,

We just love these birds, and this is the first time they've nested so close to us.

Cynthia,

It sure is.  We'll hope to be home when they hatch so I can take some more pics.

Susan,

You may have them way down in south Texas; I don't know for sure.

David,

You're welcome!  Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Don,

I think you're my most encouraging reader!  Thanks.

Julie,

I hope your daughter liked the post!

Terry,

I'd like to see a picture of that!

Jo,

I look forward to sharing them with you.  Hope I'm home when they hatch.

Charles,

Thanks!

Lenn,

We'll do our best to accommodate you!  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

I love the colors.  I remember when I lived there the little trail of tracks they leave.  I hope you are able to catch some shots when they are young and following parents around! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

It sure makes for an enjoyable time to sit out on the porch at dusk when these guys come out to feed--at my parents' place in New Mexico there's a covey that varies from 15-50 (depending on the hatch) that comes out from the mesquites every evening. 

I'll wager that having this kind of life to come home to makes that commute at the end of the day seem like nothing, huh?

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago

Love the photos and the birds are beautiful.  Thanks for sharing this with us.  I have a african gray congo that I adore and call "Cowboy".  Birds are wonderful both inside and out.  Enjoy the babies.  Hope to see photos of them soon.

Posted by Selling Homes in Western New York, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Terri Kern, Terri Kern, Broker, Turning Key Realty (Turning Key Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike~ My little girl loved the pictures and my boys were quite impressed as well. Thank you again for sharing this beautiful part of nature. Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) about 10 years ago

I'm looking forward to the balls of fluff pictures - is this the first time they have done this?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Georgina,

This is the first time we've had a clutch of eggs right up on our back ramada.  We see the little guys all the time, but now they're like grandkids.  LOL

Julie,

Thanks for coming back and telling me.  We're enjoying the weekend!

Terri,

I'm looking forward to a blog about Cowboy!

Kent,

Thanks again for all you've done for me this week.  Hope your weekend is safe, enjoyable, and successful!

Doreen,

Mie, too!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike - what an interesting post! I love those photos! Really fantastic!

Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

Mike - very cute description looking forward to seeing the pictures of the walnuts walking on sticks

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Mike - What a wonderful experience you share with us. We, too, are fortunate to have a Quail family that nest each year in our front bushes. Not quite as colorful as your breed, though we love to see the long line on their way too and fro. We have to keep the family dog leashed when she is out front as she is no doubt part bird dog!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) about 10 years ago

Karen,

Let's see some pics!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

I wish I had a green thumb! The reason I do have dogs and not plants is because they can ask to be fed!

Best regards,

Dawn Barnett

Posted by Dawn Barnett about 10 years ago

Hello Mike,

How wonderful!  I really like the pictures.  Last spring we had a hummingbird nest in one of our palm trees.  I sure wish I'd taken a picture of the tiny nest and eggs.

Take Care,

Teresa Lindquist

 

Posted by Teresa Lindquist (Clear Solutions Coaching and Training) about 10 years ago

I meant to comment the other day when you first put it up... just beautiful!  Thanks.

Posted by John Morgan about 10 years ago

Well, Mike...all I have right now is a picture of someone a wee bit higher on the food chain who has been hanging around our yard since the many nests started receiving occupants!

Nature's Pest Control

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) about 10 years ago

Karen,

That's a great shot!  What kind of hawk is it?  It would be fitting if it turhed out to be a Cooper's Hawk!  LOL

John,

Thanks for stopping by to comment!  I've been away from the Rain for about a week.

Teresa,

Birds of all kinds are so interesting to photograph and follow.  Thanks for attending the class, and for stopping by to comment.

Dawn,

Thanks for attending the class.  It was a lot of fun, I'm thinking!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

Mike... cant wait to see the young ones! Great shots.

Susan

Posted by Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate about 10 years ago

Hi Mike - He/She hangs around with us all Spring and Summer each year, but I'm not sure what kind of hawk it is. Figure I'll take the picture with a cutting from the plant I'm not sure of whether it is rhubarb or swiss chard (and don't want to find out by making salad of its leaves that it is rhubarb!) down to our local Co-Op to see if it's a Coop :->, and see if they can tell me.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) about 10 years ago

Mike - those a beautiful birds. We don't have anything like that in Tennessee.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Mike,  Are the walnuts walking on sticks, yet?  How much longer?  Any idea?  Do you see the parents attending their future gang?  :) 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 10 years ago

Doreen,

They've hatched!  And I have photos.  I didn't get to see the little things exit the nest, though.  I'll post on it soon.

Larry,

Tennessee has some beautiful birds, though!  Thanks for commenting.

Susan,

I'll post about the young'uns soon.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 10 years ago

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