Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Quail roosting in shrubs outside my motel room



I was surprised when I opened my motel room door as I saw a Gambel's Quail jump up into a tall shrub--after perching on the top it wiggled through the leaves to inside the shrub where it is totally not visible. What an interesting adaptation--the quail are roosting in the shrubs around the courtyard of this motel where they are not visible to people and have protection from predators that are unlikely to come this close to humans to seek them out. They come from some vacant lots around my motel that have mostly desert habitat. There were about 2 dozen Gambel's Quail that worked their way to the many shrubs here, some walking right by the pool to get to the shrubs and some perching on the pool chairs then flying into the shrubs from the chairs. I had a blast watching them. SeEtta