Sunday, 27 May 2012

Quail calling on the Orme
A Quail was singing on the Great orme this morning for an hour or so, in bracken above the cemetery and below the car park. This is the first site record as far as I'm aware. At one stage (when Pete Alderson and John Roberts had arrived) the bird seemed to call from just feet away! Unfortunately it wasn't seen. The picture below shows the sonogram and the link above the recording The Quail song can be seen at 0.5 and again at 1.5 and around 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5 second onwards and show as a triple call between 1.5 and 5.5 kHz and a grnt at around 3.5 seconds. Ignire the chaffinch from 3.5-5.5 seconds. - taken with my new Olympus LS11 recocrding device and uploaded onto Ravenlite 1.0.


  1. we rescued a quail from a cat in our garden in swansea south wales, we live in a built up area and was wondering how it got there,we kept it in a box overnite and then handed it over to the rspca,ive been told not many have been sighted in wales is this true we also took photos of him

  2. Quail are migratory and can turn up in unlikely spots but they're only usually heard calling from deep cover, usually crop fields. Wales doesn't get too many each year, probably just into double figures(without checking). They are also commonly kept in captivity and some of these must escape-its happened locally here and they can end up getting caught or found in gardens.
    Interesting record though.