The State Bird!
This morning when I came downstairs at The Aerie to start coffee and mentally prepare for another difficult day of NFL Playoff watching, I noticed the usual assortment of little sparrows and mourning doves at the hanging feeder. Except, one of those doves wasn’t a dove at all…
Happily, I observed, one, two – no a whole covey of Callipepla californica, the California Quail, rooting around in the our new gravel scouting out a little breakfast as well.
We’ve occasionally glimpses these birds in the chaparral near our house, but never in our backyard. I have to say I always smile when I see them trucking along (they prefer to walk/run than fly) with their plumes (we call them “doobers”) bouncing along on their heads.
We were just speaking with friends the other day that we thought the re-do of our backyard would allow more access to snakes from the canyon, but I hadn’t thought that we also might get much more welcome visitors.
Nice way to start the day.