I plotted coordinates to the old Jasper's Yard(now Bob Rodriguez's place) where a pair were being seen daily. I encountered good friends Mary Jo, Melody and Jackie to help us aide in any recent sightings. We spoke with Edith. We spoke with visiting birders. And we did our best to find this secretive quail.
Vast and wide expanses of rock and canyons we had traveled for a reliable look at one of the most difficult birds to capture on camera.
And of course, while we were exploring, we found lots of wonderful birds to keep us going.
|Knobloch's Mountain Kingsnake|
While we waited for the Montezuma Quail, we found lots of other thirsty birds needing a drink.
|Female Gambel's Quail|
Then we heard a male Montezuma Quail calling. His call marks his territory but also lets the female know where he is. Khanh grabbed his camera and secretly followed Jackie to an area of grasses where they were creeping around. He saw them. And they saw him.
|Stock photos of Montezuma Quail|
|Elegant Trogons are tricky as well, but with patience and timing, these birds are likely to be found|
We had a great time searching for birds and I hope we get to do it again someday.