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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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