It was one of those nothing going on mornings in California when we spotted two adult quails with nine babies. This sighting isn’t unusual, but the state birds were on our “patio” which is the domain of our three dogs. Luckily the dogs were inside. For the next half-hour we waited for the family to walk away. Finally, they left as they had come–through an opening in the front gate. Next, we let the dogs out and had coffee.