Quail on the Trail

23 May

Bongo looking the other wayThis time of year it’s never quiet on my trails. Birds are always out there making a ruckus, but the ones who seem to have the most interesting conversations are the quail.

Quail hang around here all year, but in the winter we don’t see them much. They hang out in the bushes until I get near – then they make some little gobbly noises and run off.

Silly quail. If they’d stay put and quiet I’d only know they were near because of their smell – and my person wouldn’t know they were there at all.

But now that the weather has gotten warmer those quail are everywhere.

I go out in my backyard…


Quail walking along fence

and find them on the fence.

I go in the front yard…

Quail leaving a driveway

and they’re in my driveway.

I head to my trails…

Quail on a fence

and they’re on the trail neighbor’s fence.

Or they’re up in a tree…

Quail in a tree

calling out for a mate.

And those mate callers don’t have a little gobbly kind of call. They’re loud and it sounds more like a cawing kind of call. I guess they’re really desperate for a girlfriend.

But sometimes those quail are tricky. Sometimes they make a different kind of sound. It sounds almost like a kitten in the bushes.

Maybe I should take Scratchy out on the trails with me.

Scratchy on the Couch

He’d find that kitten quail for sure.




Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Bongo, dogs, humor


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28 responses to “Quail on the Trail

  1. angelswhisper2011

    May 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Bongo, those quails look cool, maybe they learnt to sing like a kitten, because they were hunted by cats, but what am I talking, you’re the investigator 🙂

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Little Binky, maybe I should put on my Detective Dog hat and investigate.

  2. marina kanavaki

    May 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Scratchy, huh?! Maybe you’ve found a way to make him leave his throne, but beware he doesn’t decide to adopt that kitten quail!!!

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Little Binky, it might be okay if Scratchy adopted that kitten quail. That would keep him really busy.

  3. Genevieve Petrillo

    May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Scratchy out on the trails is a bad idea on SO many levels. I’m pretty sure he does not have the self control that you exhibit. He’ll lose his mind out there!

    Love and licks and sometimes, I lose my mind, too,

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Cupcake, I guess you’re right. Scratchy has never even been on my trails. Maybe I could bring that quail here to Scratchy.

  4. philosophermouseofthehedge

    May 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Wow – looks like a quail convention.

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Karen, I think they’re getting ready to have a party.

  5. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    May 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wow that’s a whole lot of quail!

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Misty Shores, those quail are everywhere around here.

  6. BZ Dogs

    May 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Quail are adorable! I’ve seen many running along side the road. Never realized they made much noise 🙂

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      BZ, those quail don’t seem to talk much when they’re along the road, but they sure do when they’re in the woods. I bet they think my trails belong to them.

  7. misswhiplash

    May 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    we also have quail in Bulgaria..but no where near as many as you do. I see them scurry across the road when we are driving along. Sometimes people capture them and have them for their dinner. I would not like that….it is the same with tortoises which we have here…people search amongst the long grasses and if they find one they take it home for food. Not nice thing to do

    • Bongo

      May 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Patrecia, the quail near my house are safe from people catching them because they’re in the city limits. The baby quail have to watch out for cats though.

  8. Dalton

    May 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Kitten quail sounds interesting!!

    • Bongo

      May 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Dalton, I keep waiting to see a little kitten come crawling out of the bushes. So far I’ve just gotten glimpses of quail.


    May 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Ha ha ha! Just imagining you and Scratchy out on the trails together quail makes me giggle! Have a great weekend!

    • Bongo

      May 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Max. So far I haven’t been able to get Scratchy to come near the trails with me though.

  10. eripanwkevin

    May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    OMD! I didn’t know that you had so many quail friends, Bongo! *giggles* Hmmm…I can imagine how loud they sound….
    Oh! Hi Scrathcy! Glad he looks good! Have a great weekend, Bongo and Scrathcy! 🙂

    • Bongo

      May 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Kevin. The quail don’t usually come into my yard or driveway, but I seen them out on my trails almost every day. And in the summer there are lots of them crossing streets. My person says sometimes she has to slow her car down so they can get by safely.

  11. tylersat99

    May 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Scratchy looks perfectly content to wait on the couch;)

    • Bongo

      May 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Lexie and Mica, I’m having a terrible time getting Scratchy to go out on my trails with me.

  12. kolytyi

    May 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

    We have a lot of blackbirds here. They sometimes wake me up with their singing in the early morning – but I don’t mind because I fancy that I’m in a beautiful forest.

    • Bongo

      May 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Kolytyi, birds do make us feel like we’re in a forest, don’t they? My younger person had some blackbirds around his apartment and they were just plain noisy.

  13. Bassa's Blog

    May 26, 2013 at 5:15 am

    An invasion of quail 🙂

    • Bongo

      May 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Bassa, I’m waiting for the little quail chicks to show up. I haven’t seen any yet, but they should be coming around any time.

  14. colliesofthemeadow

    May 28, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Do they eat cats? Muwahahahaahah

    • Bongo

      May 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Ginger, I bet those quail wish they could eat cats. Usually it’s the other way around.


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