This was 15 minutes ago. Don't worry....I promise I wasn't squeezing him as hard as it looks and I let him go in 1 minute and he was fine.
YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE HOW I CAME TO BE HOLDING THIS bobwhite quail (seriously, my favorite bird).
I walk out into my orchard today and there are a whole big covey of quail that take off and, of course, scare me to death as they will do if you aren't expecting it. Well, I noticed one didn't fly off. I walked over couldn't believe what happened. I had a really small (like 3 ft by 5 ft) piece of bird netting that I tore off last year after picking the fruit on a tree that I had covered with netting. I had just left it under the tree on the ground.Sure enough, this poor guy had somehow crawled up under the piece of net and couldn't get out! All the ones that flew away were apparently trying to help or keep him company!!!
BTW...he is really small. Its hard to believe he was born this year and already has full feathers, but he is too small to be a year old adult. A bit confusing.
Again, he is free and fine and there is no more netting in my orchard. I love bobwhite's so this was fun for me.