California Quail

Though we supposedly have California Quail in the Puget Sound area, I’ve only seen them once or twice and even then I just caught a glimpse of them so I was thrilled when we ran into two different flocks at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. I was on the lookout for them because I’d seen them in nearly the same area a few times before.

However, I’ve never managed to get this good of shots before. There were several female quail and both Lael

and I got some nice shots of them.

Both the female and the male have striking plumage, but the male’s plumage seems a little more dramatic.

Although I decided later I should probably have taken a camera to San Francisco when we went there the next day, I didn’t, so these were the last shots taken on a great family vacation to Redwoods, Santa Rosa, and San Francisco.

3 thoughts on “California Quail

  1. Just looking at these beautiful photos reminds me how much I miss seeing quail. They used to come to our birdseed feeder all the time in the Sierra foothills. Such beauties.

    • Sadly, I’ve never been lucky enough to see them on a regular basis, but Leslie remembers them visiting her backyard in Santa Rosa regularly.

      • This post made me go and look back at old posts on my blog to see if we had quail regularly visit our yard in Port Townsend. They did come. I wish I could remember how often. It was fun to look back. Thank you for the inspiration.

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