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When The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Had Quail

August 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Someone mentioned Quail over on the Friends of Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Page. A couple of us mentioned that it has been several years since we had seen any Quail (Northern Bobwhite) at this refuge.

I knew I had photographed Quail at the refuge before and decided to search my photos on when this was. I found that in 2009 and 2010 I had seen and photographed a few Quail. After seeing these photos I could remember that the Quail I did see were in a small covey.

The Northern Bobwhite like agricultural fields, grassland, open woodland areas, roadsides and wood edges. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge seems to be the ideal habitat for these birds.

I read that the ideal cover is at least three feet tall with a closed canopy and relatively open ground conditions. As quail travel from roost sites, to foraging areas, to loafing cover, woody vegetation is needed to serve as predator protection. These habitat components are best suited in a random mixture. (Source: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation)

I think the main problem for the Quail at this refuge is the predators. The main predators of these birds are snakes, raccoons, foxes, squirrels, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, hawks, and owls. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge has an abundance of most of these predators.

This refuge also has another serious predator that has increased numbers in the past couple of years and that's the Feral Hogs. Feral Hogs are known to eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds.

I know the refuge works hard dealing with these wild pigs and I hope one day they will be able to remove them.

Quail - 062609-3255Quail- Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma


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