The mail box is a favorite location for quail that want to keep an eye on things in Carmel. However, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, there is no routine mail delivery service to homes, hence, no mail boxes for quails to perch on; instead, residents can rent a small box inside the one post office in town. I’ve never seen quail there.
This male quail has a purpose for being on the mail box–the rest of his family is below in the lavender. Photo taken two days ago.