This exciting observation was made in the Lockwood area of Dallas Texas, and comes to us from Annika Lindqvist. Annika spotted this Northern Bobwhite in her backyard while it was helping itself to the contents of a cat food bowl.

As late as the 1980s, Northern Bobwhite were very common in North Texas. Their unique call was ubiquitous. As a boy, I would flush quail nearly every time I ventured into the woods. There were a lot of them around back then.

But then something happened. Sometime between the late 1980s and the mid 1990s the Northern Bobwhite population in North Texas virtually disappeared. Nobody is really sure what factor or combination of factors are responsible.

Nature has a certain ebb and flow, though. If a species can leave a particular area, then it can also return when conditions improve. The time frames will be their own.

So, does this sighting represent the return of wild Northern Bobwhites to the Dallas/Fort Worth Area? Maybe. I have heard reports of recent sightings in other parts of the city over the past year, but this is the first photograph I have received.

It is most likely—and best to assume for the time being—that this is quail is an escaped pen-raised bird. But let’s all keep our eyes open. If you spot a Northern Bobwhite in the DFW Area I’d like to hear about it.

Northern Bobwhite - Back Home?
Northern Bobwhite - Back Home?

Observation Details

DateApr 20, 2013
Time of DayEvening
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherPartly Cloudy
HabitatResidential-Single Family
Type of BehaviorRoaming
ObserverAnnika Lindqvist