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It is the little things that make great days

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by chipking, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. chipking

    chipking TS Member

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    Had to run to the hardware store today to pick up a few small items. I took a shortcut on one of the new "high dollar" streets that have sprung up around Fredericksburg. You know the road type, $800K + homes, set well back on 5 to 10 acres, "no thru traffic" "speed 25 MPH increased fines" signs and foreclosure or for sale signs on every 4th one. When low and behold out of the roughage on my right comes a covey of 9 Quail. I almost ran off the road in shock. I have not seen coveys of Quail in the wild for more years than I care to think about here in Virginia. I watched them flush and fly over to a broom sage field on the other side of the road.

    Some times it's the little things that make great days.

    --- Chip King ---
     
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    I don't care what anybody says. A covey of quail is one of the finer things in life. Then to see them right there in the midst of so much bad news. Paul in Nebraska.
     
  3. wolfram

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    What is really cool is to get into a 'mother flush' of 200+ quail. That wonderful wingbeat sound is almost too much - its the kind of thing that makes you forget all about shouldering the gun and taking a shot.

    Just two more weeks and it will be bird season here ... can't wait and yes it is the stuff great days are made of.
     
  4. Catpower

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    I wish I could see some around here too Chip, we used to have quite a few, then they were gone, a couple of years ago, though we had a covey that was nested in a weed patch full of Giant Ragweed, then a damn red tailed hawk saw them and would set on the post where an electric fence went over a gate, and he killed every one of them

    If I see them again it's going to be hawk season, I know hawks do kill alot of rodents but the also kill alot of song birds and quail, and we have way too many hawks in the area
     
  5. Ross

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    Careful--- hawks are protected most places. SHHHHHH! grin --Ross
     
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    If all house cats were kept indoors we would have a hell of a lot more in the wild here in VA. Jeff
     
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    I've never seen a 200 bird covey,but I've flushed wild birds with a covey size of 60-80.Man.........now thats a sight I'll never forget.........ah those were the days............Hey Chip,sure glad you saw what you did.........you are a lucky man........hope you see some more.

    D.P.Reynolds
    P.S. Man I love quail!
     
  8. BDodd

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    I grew up in an area where the quail were common and even since as a young adult (long time ago) but it seems they've been replaced by all the alleged homeless sitting on the corners with their cardboard pleas; you know, that guy who leaves his post at the end of the day, walks to a decent home nearby, unlocks the door with a key, and leaves his gear behind when he backs out of the garage in a Camaro, and heads for the bar with his new found wealth.........breakemall
     
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    Ross, I think everything is protected now days, if not by the law by my wife LOL
     
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    We have a large covey that frequent our yard and bird feeders. I love the sound in the early morning and late evening just before dusk.
     
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