Mountain Quail

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I heard a beautiful new song this morning so turned to look out and see what it was.

There on the woodpile was a mountain quail, lifting his head back and singing for the world to hear, his plume bouncing as he sang. The Mrs. was nearby. Here are some pictures.

Mountain Quail

Mountain Quail

Mountain Quail

I should also add it wasn’t just mountain quail I saw. The forest was quite busy this morning. In a morning walk the skies seemed filled with flying band tailed pigeons, jays, chickadees, juncos, and some who I couldn’t quite determine. When I stood on my balcony to try to get better pictures of the quail it was like I entered into a Disney movie. Animals were everywhere, and didn’t seem to mind me. Chickadees came and took seed a foot away. Several chipmunks scurried in and out of the woodpile. Three squirrels seemed intent on chasing everything, just for the fun of it. Two flickers flew from tree to tree, letting loose an occasional plaintive call. Two nuthatches went up and down the nearest cedar, looking for a spider or a bug for breakfast. The mountain quail stayed in the shadows for the most part but ventured around cautiously amist the commotion. The local acorn woodpeckers seemed to like the big oak nearby. All the animals were busy and active, putting me into a state of awe as they swirled about me. The only thing missing was a song sung by us all celebrating the morning. Though, in a way, this song was indeed sung, with many different voices and languages.

One Response to “Mountain Quail”

  1. punch drunk Says:

    I imagine quite a bit when I look at your animal pictures. I like seeing animals in zoos, so I’m not bad mouthing zoos, but even the “simplest” animal is quite a thing to see in the “wild.” I remember onc,e while on my motorcycle, having a medium sized coyote confidently cross the street in front of me. I stopped, it stopped. We looked at each other briefly. It continued on its way and so did I. That’s very different from, “It says here… ‘Panthera tigris’… Hmm get this, it’ll eat you if it’s sick- how ’bout that? He looks bored… Let’s get some corndogs.” It’s a better different.