We have a rather BIG announcement to make
from the gardens this morning...
Mr. and Mrs. Quail would like to formally announce...
We have BABIES!
One little, two little, three little, four little, five little, six little
sweet balls of fluff!
Can you see the babies in the garden?
Nature provides a great camouflage for their protection.
And Papa Quail is always on the look-out for any lurking danger.
It's his job to find a perch to survey the landscape
as the little ones embark on their daily adventure.
And when Papa says "Pip! Pip! Pip!
They are quick to obey...
see the little guy who heard him first?
Within a matter of seconds,
they all respond to his voice and run toward him.
Obviously this was just a training drill
and they all passed the test.
Sometimes Mamma finds her own perch
to watch over them... a bit of freedom is always good.
And yet, even with tender watchful care,
bad things can happen.
We watched as over the course of just a few days...
the brood grew smaller.
Magpies, neighboring cats...
all are predators to our little balls of fluff.
And though it breaks my heart...
such is nature.
Maybe two will be more manageable.
You may enjoy reading my first post about Quail in our Garden
by following the link below:
In all my years of gardening,
this is the first time we have ever had quail in our gardens...
and we're having such fun!