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I love many things about Cades Cove. A long list for sure. One thing I love is the sound of the Bob White Quail in the fields and meadows. I have caught a glimpse or two of them over the years, but never an opportunity for a photo, ever. They are very shy and usually stay down in the tall grass. The other day, as I walked around in the fields off of Hyatt Ln. I heard two of them calling back and forth. I was able to zone in on one of those and found him sitting low on a tree branch. Photo
Gambel's Quail, Callipepla gambelii, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. It inhabits the desert regions of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Sonora; also New Mexico-border Chihuahua and the Colorado River region of Baja California. They are easily recognized by their top knots and scaly plumage on their undersides.