Quail Family

It all happened so quickly. I'm sorry that I don't have better pictures to share.

Mother, Father and Chicks

Yesterday, from inside the house, I noticed a mother, father and dozen or so chicks in the backyard. 

Gambel's Quail Mother with Youngsters

They really blended in with the ground as they scratched around for food.

How many chicks below?  The 4th one at the lower right looks nearly invisible.

I didn't know if they had hatched in the backyard or what.  After snapping a few pictures through the glass window, the neighbors' cat came into the yard.  Could the chicks fly?  Yes, well enough!

See the little tuft of head feathers?

Quail Chick in Mesquite Tree

Father and Child

Happy Father's Day Weekend. :)
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