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Quentin’s Return


I may have mentioned that a few years ago we had so many quail here, they crossed our yard like a living carpet of quail, forty or more.

As more houses were built, cats and dogs and people have disrupted the quail’s natural habitat, and the fate of the quail population was doomed. In a few short years the quail died off. One lone survivor has hung on, all alone for at least three years.

You may have met Quentin Quail in one of my previous blog posts. https://wordsfromanneli.com/2021/04/11/quentin-quail/

He still is the loneliest quail I’ve ever seen. I thought for sure this past cold winter would have killed him, but even after deadly cold blizzards and bone-chilling north winds, he has survived.

As usual, he is looking for the friend he thinks he sees in the window by our front door. Even with the glass so dirty from the weather and from Emma’s nose prints, he must see his reflection in it and think it is another quail. My heart breaks for him.


“I just don’t understand why she won’t come out to play.”

I really hope Quentin is careful. These past couple of days I’ve noticed what I think is a merlin hanging around. I tried to get a picture of it today, but it flew to a nearby pole and the picture is not as good as I’d like it to be. But here he is, the potential quail killer.

I hope he finds a mouse or a rat to eat instead.


Author: wordsfromanneli

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24 thoughts on “Quentin’s Return

  1. Poor Quentin, he looks vey plump and healthy and has lovely head feathers. It would be lovely if someone could help find him a friend.

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    • We have thought about trying to find anyone who raises quail and buying a couple of hens to bring home for Quentin. So far, no luck.

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      • I expect they would have to be the right breed of native quail for Quentin to be happy but it would be worth pursuing. My Dad used to breed quail but they weren’t as large and plump as your big boy!

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        • It could be that “Quentin” was fluffed up a lot because it was quite chilly out there and they are generally used to a warmer (California) climate. Any quail I’ve seen here are the California quail, but we did have a bob white quail here for a very short time. He didn’t survive very long. I suspect that he was one that got out of someone’s special breeding pen. You don’t see them around here normally.

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  2. I think that quails are social birds and, like Canada geese, spend most of their time together in flocks. This poor quail must feel very lonely.

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  3. What can you do? Maybe he’s the Lone Quail?

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  4. I feel the same about our Muscovy duck…it’s sad.

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  5. The poor guy, I hope he finds his friends. They are called California Quail down here, beautiful birds.

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  6. Aww, poor Quentin. And now he’s in danger of becoming dinner. We have the little quail everywhere here in Penticton. Too bad you can’t transplant him. Poor little guy.

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  7. I’ve never seen a quail. Too handsome to be on his lonesome 😏

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  8. This is the saddest post. I feel so bad for him. Nobody wants to be the last of anything.

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  9. That’s sad. It’s grim seeing a lone survivor. Our rarest wild mammal, the greater mouse-eared bat, is down to literally one individual, who roosts alongside bats of other species in Sussex. He’s thought to be 20 years old. 😦

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    • It really is sad. He was here again today, looking in the window. I have birdfeeders nearby and lots of thick shrubs all around them, so I think he feels safe here, but I just wish he had company of his own kind. That is really awful about that poor little bat. Would he interbreed with the other kinds of bats? Maybe that wouldn’t be a good thing if he did – I don’t know. Or maybe better than nothing?
      And yes, I’ve missed your posts! Hope you come back. I think a lot of people are so upset with the world situation that they have stopped, or cut back on, their blogging, but I think this is a time we need to keep our spirits up and our communication active.

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      • Thank you, and I completely agree that blogging and sharing is important, especially at times like this. The general busyness of life overlook me but I will put some time aside to try to post at least once a week.

        It is very sad about the bat. The species is still found on the continent so I think ideally we need to bring in some from there to keep him company, but I’m not aware of any plans to do so.

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