Wildlife in our gardens


Ha! A case of be careful what you ask for…I guess sometimes people just see what’s directly in front of them at the time. Maybe a cooling off period is needed…LOL…I guess you can’t always know. It’s a delicate balance. I’m glad we have folks who really study and know how to take all things into consideration now. I don’t know about California but Florida seems to strike a very good balance of conservation to managed hunting. I like it anyway…


A terrible update on my quail nest…It was right on the border of my land and my neighbors land. He was trying to be nice and made an extra pass with his lawn mower over on my side. You can guess the rest…yep… mowed right over the quail nest!!! But wait…all hope is not lost. Amazing as it may sound, the mower was high enough that it didn’t actually hit the eggs and the wheels didn’t roll over them either- so the eggs were still there. However, because it is now in short grass, mom abandon it- it checked several times that day and that night and she didn’t come back.

I was so excited about having some new quail here that I decided this couldn’t be the end of the story. So I took them all (there were 14 by then) and have them in my incubator now. I candeled them and they hadn’t started to form at all, which means that going without mom’s warmth for a day or two probably didn’t hurt them. Once she starts sitting and the embryo forms, they can’t get cold, but before that they can and it looks like that is when I caught them. My incubator probably won’t have as high a hatch % as mom would have, but if I get just one chick to be born and I raise it till it can be safely released, it will be well worth it. Plus, it will be fun watching them hatch.



Please keep us updated about your effort. Can’t wait to see baby quail being hatched.

Keep up the good work, Mama quail!:smile::smile::smile::smile:


In my experience, quail are easy to hatch in an incubator. I expect you will get them all to hatch. Whether they make it out in the wild after you release them is another story.


Yeah keep us posted. Start a Babbeh Quail thread.
I fostered a grackle last yr. fed it with suet, cat food and small bit of mealworms in a slurry then as semi solid

Best of luck hope they do well


id keep them untill they fly. which for quail is about 4 months or 75% feathered out. I’ve raised many types of game birds. quail fly sooner than most. get some vinyl black mesh to put over their enclosure so if they try to fly out , they won’t hurt themselves. TSC has it. might be surprised and get 80+% hatchabilty. wild bird eggs are much hardier than chicken eggs to extreme temps. good luck and keep us posted!


They can fly pretty soon after hatching so make sure you have a top on what ever you put them in.


I bought a bag of wildflower seed mix at Lowe’s it’s been fun watching the flowers pop up and the various bugs visiting them



The Zinnias are in full bloom.


Those pics are stunning, incredible detail. I also checked some pics on your website, very nice indeed.

What kind of camera(s) do you use?


Thanks. It’s a hobby I don’t get to enjoy as much as I’d like. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 most of the time because I can shove it in my pocket and have it ready as quickly as possible. All the above photos were taken with it. When I have the time to enjoy walking around with a camera I use my Nikon D90 DSLR. I usually wait until I fill up my SD card on the DSLR before I go through the photos, so I’ve got quite a few nice ones bouncing around on there I may upload on here someday.


Here’s my humble patch


Love zinnias - mine didn’t come up this year


Thanks. Photography was a big hobby of mine about 15-25 years ago. when film was still king. I did mostly landscapes, and my camera at the time was a Minolta SLR, and a couple of zoom lenses. Took a lot of beautiful shots from the West Coast, the Rockies, and one trip to France. But I felt like my lenses weren’t really that good, so I upgraded to a Nikon SLR and lenses, and they did awesome when I took them to Europe that year. But, digital was starting to coming on strong then (2003). so I never really used that rig again. I never thought digital would replace the detail and richness of film, but the advances in recent years are amazing, even in smartphone cameras.

Anyways, yes, please post some more pics when you can.


It’s great to connect with owls. I haven’t seen any directly until this afternoon. I went outside to dump some recyclables into one of our blue bins and there across the street I see a mockingbird harrassing something on the neighbor’s ice plant. It is still covering it’s prey a bit with wings but there’s no mistaking the head of a horned owl. A few more dives from the mockingbird and it is off to a utility pole down the street and then off to points unknown. Yes! They are hunting here :slightly_smiling_face:.


That’s pretty cool Richard! I was able to get a pic of this guy this spring. I’d flushed him out a few times in our woodlot, but never caught him sitting still enough for a picture (or didn’t realized it was there). I got a picture of one near the house a few years ago. This is a Barred Owl.


Mrs. Oriole has sewn a nest under a banana leaf with leaf fibers … and the mockingbird chicks in the grape trellis have hatched :slightly_smiling_face:


Love the pics