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Old 04-20-2013, 06:02 PM
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Default Northern Bobwhite in Dallas

Wow, I just had a Bobwhite in my backyard. I mean, I live in the city, not in the outskirts. Couldn't believe my eyes!
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:22 PM
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Here it is, my little visitor. Helped himself to some cat food, and then walked around the corner and disappeared. Crazy!
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:51 PM
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That's so cool! Annika.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:02 AM
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Here it is, my little visitor. Helped himself to some cat food, and then walked around the corner and disappeared. Crazy!
While I'm wishing it's a wild bird, I would rather have seen a pair of birds.

Still, no reason not to count it as wild.... unless of course it walks up to your feet and begs
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:42 PM
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Sounds suspiciously like a pen raised bird.Especially given the fact it ate cat food from a bowl.Very unlikely behavior for a wild quail.But,I guess you never know.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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Default Re: Northern Bobwhite in Dallas

Hey that is big news! I haven't seen one of those in the wild since I was a kid. refidnasb saw one near the Aububon center over the winter, but couldn't get a good photo.

Nature has an ebb and flow. If they could go away, then they can come back too. Maybe we are witnessing their general return to the area!
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: Northern Bobwhite in Dallas

Probably a number of pen raised Bobwhites in Dallas but I did know of one person raising some in a pen that gave me a surprise when I heard their call. White Rock Lake area just west of Williamson off Ellsworth.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:59 AM
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Default Re: Northern Bobwhite in Dallas

I saw a Bobwhite Quail in Norbuck Park, up near the tennis courts at Peavy and Buckner this winter. I could not get close enough to take a photo, brush was too thick. It was running from one clump of heavy brush to another then would stick to the base of trees, scratching around.

The other quail was in a similar environment, not far from the Audubon Center where the "Eco-Park" facility is located off Simpson Stuart. Got a great look at it, including a call from it.

It would be entirely possible that the quail at Norbuck Park was an escapee of some kind. The quail in Southern Dallas was most likely wild and I believe with other quail in thick privet brush. Same area where I have seen roadrunners in the past.
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