Quail

Mama Quail with Cheepers Daily Photo I had trouble shooting through the grass but Mama was so proud of her babies I couldn’t resist showing her to you all.  She had over a dozen milling around her.  First, the cock flew by.  Not seeing me he called and then Mama with her brood scampered out and just as quickly scattered

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A Richness of Swallows

Cliff Sparrow Nest Swallows supposedly swoop over San Juan Capistrano on March 19th of every year but, here, in the Humboldt Hills, they magically show up on the first really warm day. Yesterday, they returned. As part of our homeschooling, we’ll be watching them. Ours are a type of cliff swallow with square tails. They are steel blue and pale

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Birds not of a Feather

They halted our demolition of a building temporarily–two fledglings huddled in a mud and grass nest. But, when the mother hadn’t returned by the next day and the babies were peeping furiously, I was elected to raise them. Actually, the rest of my husband’s family humored me. In this heat, without a mother, they considered the two birds dead meat

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