Quail Nesting Begins

Published on: Apr. 26, 2010

Habitat is the Key! I heard my first male bobwhite calling this weekend between the rain showers in Osage County!

Of the quail that have survived the weather to this point, about 40 percent of the females and 13 percent of the males will hatch one or more nests. Hens locate their nests in clumps of grass near bare ground. This allows their chicks ready access to the preffered brooding cover shown on the right: bare ground with an overhead canopy of weeds or broadleaf plants. They prefer locations up to 50 feet from the edge of the field.

Are you hearing birds call this spring?

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