TSEQ-Part 6

Today is April Fools Day.

Whan that Aprill with his

April is the

Near Alamos is one of the ranches we visited.  This is not the same ranch near Navajoa.  I did, however, mention this ranch in TSEQ 4.

It is hard for me to believe that about a week ago I looked through my binoculars at various and sundry birds such as magpie jays, black vultures and crested caracaras–even in the late morning.

cruellest month.

Even in the bright sun.

I am posting another video here.  This video is of part of the drive up to this ranch so you can feel the bumpy roads and see how incredibly gorgeous it is down there, even without having had rain since September 2010.

longen folk to goon pilgrimages

In deciding where to actively do research we are weighing the affect of cattle ranching and hunting.  While moderate intensity ranching is actually not necessarily bad for quail populations the cattle destroy traps–they step on them and push them around to get the seed and make it hard to work. And it is a yet another environmental factor that we have no control over.  For many of the ranches, however, clearing is not an option anymore because they are within the designated federal protected area set up to protect the watershed of the Cuchujaqui River.  (Of this area I will write more in a future post)

Hunting is a complicated issue.  It directly impacts population size but the impacts depend upon the intensity of hunting.   Given, however, that quail have a LOT of natural predators, we are already working with regularly diminishing samples of banded birds, when we start following individuals on particular sites.  We’ve been told that the ranches around Alamos primarily facilitate dove hunts and do not go after quail.  However, it seems likely that a flushing quail would be too tempting to avoid.

he who was living is now dead

But that is that.
Here is no water but only rock

And here is the last male I trapped.  He was also the first male Dr. Gee trapped.  He is not happy with me and I let him go quickly–Sorry little bird!  (but his crop was full and his legs were fast).

love love love

Rock and no water and the sandy road

Who is the third that walks always beside you

I’m short on time here–I’m rushed to get ready to teach.  I promise to write more soon and this is no poisson d’avril but real and true.

The road winding

come into the shadow

come

Quotes are by Geoffrey Chaucer and T. S. Eliot

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