Today (Sunday) I took the dogs out for a little run since it was nice out. They were glad to get out and stretch their legs a bit. They were able to get on a small group of 4 quail that have been out of the johnny house for a while. We also got a pair of hen pheasants up that have been on their own for quite a few months. I have been seeing a good number of hawks in the area but the birds seem to be doing well. In six months I know that only one quail got taken by some kind of predator. I'm suprised they are doing as well as they are. My wife also saw a rooster and hen in the morning next to a recently cut corn field. Here are a couple of pics I was able to take:
Nittany on quail
I got a chance to use the new camera I got my wife for Christmas and used it on some of the quail:
Getting the dogs out on these birds is the best I can do on a regular basis this time of year. I think I enjoy seeing the quail the most even though they are from a pen.
Good to see the dogs are getting some field time and I am sure it is a relaxing enjoyable time for you. I don't know a better way to spend a midwinter day. Happy New Year and I enjoy seeing your posts.
Thanks for the comments. I went back to check on things yesterday and I could hear the hawks in the area. But the 4 quail are still hanging around out of the pen and doing well. Hopefully they are learning a thing or two while they are out.