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Old 05-06-2015, 09:01 PM
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This evening (June 5th) I heard the first wild quail calling in a barley field opposite my house. A few arrive in the UK each year, usually three or four hundred calling males are recorded each summer, mostly, though not exclusively, in the Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset area. I hear the odd one now and again but this is the first I've heard for four years (and I live in a favourable area for them).
I'd be most appreciative if anyone else hearing wild quail would let me know.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:38 PM
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This evening (June 5th) I heard the first wild quail calling in a barley field opposite my house. A few arrive in the UK each year, usually three or four hundred calling males are recorded each summer, mostly, though not exclusively, in the Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset area. I hear the odd one now and again but this is the first I've heard for four years (and I live in a favourable area for them).
I'd be most appreciative if anyone else hearing wild quail would let me know.
I had a small bevy of quail on my hawking ground in Suffolk, which I came across 4 times over something like a 2 week period. Lovely birds, and deceptively fast.

I managed to film them on a couple of those times, once just slipping in to cover, and once busting like snipe.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:16 PM
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We have had a few turn up in north devon in the past, but not seen any myself for a few years now. Atb Chris
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:11 AM
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Brilliant, I have never seen or even knowingly heard one.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:17 AM
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brilliant, I have never seen or even knowingly heard one.
surprised they do vexing em and making em wild ...
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:42 AM
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What type of quail would these be and would they be resident in France? It's hard to imagine a game bird making it across the channel. Or would they likely be released birds? Atb
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:16 AM
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Was on a small shoot last year when the viszla locked up on point and a quail lifted from my feet. wild or escapee i dont know, was fairly rural west wales. but christ could it fly.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:57 PM
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What type of quail would these be and would they be resident in France? It's hard to imagine a game bird making it across the channel. Or would they likely be released birds? Atb
they migrate from mainland Europe, still never seen one but being a London who only got out at weekends as a kid Im not surprised.
Only saw my first woodcock in a London park in 1995.
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:28 PM
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They are capable migratory birds. They face the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert twice a year
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:24 PM
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Interestingly, they bear the same Latin name as the domestic quail we feed our birds, (Coturnix coturnix). I say interestingly as their calls are completely different, the call of the domestic quail sounding nothing like the 'wet-my-lips' cry of wild birds.
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