A California Valley quail blends nicely with a mailbox. The mail is usually delivered in the early afternoon while the quail delivers its squawking alarms in the early morning.
Usually the hummingbird, sensing a cameraman approaches, jets away. Maybe it was the allure of a Peruvian lily, but this time the bird stayed in place while I clicked away.
Pelicans on an ocean outcrop watch the sun set off the coast of Carmel.
Sometimes I wander down to the Carmel River Lagoon and watch the egrets hunt and “dance”.
Quails love our front yard, drought tolerant landscaping–plenty of seeds to eat. The California Valley Quail lives 2-3 years but I can’t tell one family from another.
Photos tell the story.
Took this shot of an egret with one leg showing. A minute earlier it had two legs. Egrets and other species of birds stand on one leg with the other tucked among feathers to maintain warmth–blood flow from the leg is cold compared to blood flow through feathered parts of the bird.
A few days ago I posted about the strange places that mourning doves choose to nest. Yesterday, I visited my son and his family where they showed me their newest boarder, a mourning dove nesting on top of a garage door opener motor. Apparently, it has been there for about two weeks with its newContinue reading “Mourning Dove Nests in Garage”
Mourning doves have a mortality rate of 75 percent during their first year of life. They are prone to make unwise decisions about where they nest. I’ve seen them set up home in a garage, or in a window box, places that cats frequent. Yesterday, I spotted a mourning dove on our wood roof. IContinue reading “Mourning Dove on the Roof”