2019—Gambel’s Quail

The Visitor’s Center at Bosque del Apache is more than just a building with information about the refuge. The area surrounding the center is planted to attract much smaller birds than the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese. On a walk through the area among the species we spotted were White-Crowned Sparrows, Goldfinches, Spotted Towhees, American Robins, and of course, the Gambel’s Quail. The Quail were shy and scurried under the low bushes near the trails to hide. This male Gambel’s Quail made his way along a branch above where a female watched him. Then he disappeared from sight behind the foliage between me and the quail.