A pair of Montezuma Quail, venturing onto new ground
(All photos by Narca)
For a couple of months, usually in the evening, I've been hearing their short, infrequent whistles, which manage to be resonant, burry, and descending, all within about a second's time. But hearing a Montezuma and seeing one are two very different propositions.
Finally! A pair has discovered the water dishes out by the bird feeders. Quietly and unpredictably, they slip in and out.
A demure female Montezuma Quail...
...and her harlequin mate
If you're searching for Montezuma Quail (not an uncommon situation for birders), they are easiest to see during breeding season when they are calling and after the young hatch, when the family groups are giving little contact calls.