Photo Journal: Spring Through Summer 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Added a new addition to our family. Aaron’s pup Roxy.

Roxy

Had more practice bringing out my inner child.

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Watched Roxy grow.

Roxy and Sadie

Embraced Spring.

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Celebrated family. Mother’s day with my brother (left), and went on a vacation with my boyfriend as an early birthday present to him (right).

Mother's Day                           me and my beau

Had a lot of exciting news about the quails. We started seeing mama bird more frequently. Here she is pictured lying on her eggs, and soon after, they hatched!

quail                         hatchedeggs

Unfortunately the dogs found them before we did. But nobody was hurt! Sadie got a hold of one of the babies, but the baby bird got away safely. I also took a peek at their hide out in the backyard!

1stsavedquail                                all of the babies

I’ve been seeing more and more baby quail even well into the summer months. This is the most recent one that was caught straggling behind it’s family. If we’re keeping score, it’s Quail: 3, Dogs: 0.

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Spring Eggs

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So,  the day after Easter we found these eggs hidden in a flower pot that was housing a fern. If you look at the edge of the pot, there are faded white parts that the bird has been perching on a scratching up to design her nest. This was day one of the discovery, and I continued to take pictures daily for a period of time. It was very interesting to see the way the eggs were sorted, and the new eggs over a period of time. Nature is just amazing, isn’t it? 😉

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All of the different ways the eggs were being organized. Never once did I touch the eggs or the anything around it. I wanted to make sure not to disturb the nest and scare mother bird away!

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She continued to lay one to two eggs daily over the span of 1-2 weeks.

But we never saw her once. I believe she was staying on the nest over night, early mornings, and the evenings. Possibly throughout the day as well.

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We finally started seeing the bird around. I believe she’s stopped laying eggs and has since been keeping them warm from the unpredictable Arizona weather!

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I just couldn’t wait any longer to share these pictures with you guys!

After some research, we believe the bird is a quail. I got close enough to take a peek at her while she was nesting (not close enough to scare her away!) and I briefly saw what I believe to be the distinguishing feather on the top of her head, so we’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll try to post updates when possible, because this is a really unique experience for me and I’m pretty excited about it witnessing it and photographing the occasion.  🙂 Thank you all for your support!

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