Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: Northern Bobwhite, like other types of quail, are upland game birds. Due to habitat loss they are uncommon in many locations due to declining population. But on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge there are still a fair number present. More often heard than seen, northern bobwhites are found on the ground in small coveys. The males will sing the song that got them their name-'bobwhite!' The bird pictured was seen running in a bevy of about 15 Bobwhites along the grassy edge of the Milltail Road canal.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/