Last win­ter this north­ern bob­white sat on our back fence for over an hour and al­lowed my wife, Amy, to get close enough to take pho­tos. Bob­whites are not sup­posed to be in south­ern Idaho, so what was it do­ing in our yard?

Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Experts - Eric Adams MERID­IAN, IDAHO

Kenn and Kim­berly: You’re right, north­ern bob­whites aren’t na­tive to any­place near Idaho, although there are a few small in­tro­duced pop­u­la­tions in the Pa­cific North­west. Bob­whites are of­ten raised in cap­tiv­ity; sports­men’s groups some­times re­lease them into the wild, or use them to train hunt­ing dogs how to “point” at game. Be­cause the one in your yard acted so tame, it was prob­a­bly one of these pen-raised and re­leased birds.

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