The excavation of an irrigation pond created some prime quail habitat. The spoil from the pond excavation became a mound at the water’s edge, creating an area that farming equipment cannot easily enter. 

The mound and some of the adjoining area now grows greenbrier, blackberry, dog fennel, broom sedge and multiflora rose, all of which are plants that provide quail with cover or food. Small areas of escape cover like this can hold a covey all year long and are good places for a hunter and his dog to find birds in the fall and winter.