Saturday, July 18, 2015

Birdwatching in Scottsdale

So, I wanted to get a video of some sparrows using our front yard as a dust bath. They'd cleared off some gravel from a patch by the sidewalk. They'd done it before, and I was always puzzled by what the purpose of these patches was. I finally found out Thursday after I got home from work. Three sparrows were simultaneously using a newly cleared off patch as a birdie day spa. Looked like it was a lot of fun -- for the birds.

Yesterday when I got home, I placed my cell phone on video camera mode, and put it up against a landscape light to capture the little scamps making dust clouds in my yard. Thanks to my daughter, who faithfully feeds the birds, I thought there would be a good chance they'd be back. Instead, my camera caught a family of quail making their move towards a fine feast underneath the Texas ebony tree.

Who can tell me how many quail chicks are in this fine brood?

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