We assessed association of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) with surface water (natural and artificial) in the semi-arid Texas Panhandle during May–September 2001–2003. The difference between mean Euclidean distances of nest locations (n = 33) and random points to nearest surface water was −107.8 m (SE = 17.4, 95% CL = −142.7 to −72.9) indicating that nest locations were closer to water than expected by chance. Non-nesting birds appeared to associate with surface water during summer (May–Aug) based on differences between location distances of 83 bobwhites (1,408 locations) and random-point distances to nearest surface water (x̄ ± SE = −62.4 ± 17.0 m, 95% CL = −96.4 to −28.4). Our results provide evidence that bobwhites may associate with surface water in the semi-arid Texas Panhandle.
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