When we moved here, and all these critters came to visit, I was not expecting most of them. Definitely not quail. These show up in pairs, always in even numbers. I had been throwing cracked corn out for the turkeys, and the quail came too. I think California Quail are the coolest looking birds I’ve ever seen. The plume is way more pronounced on the males, as are the markings. Below is a female.
One of the funniest things to see is the way they sort of glide across the street when going from my neighbors’ house to my house. They seem to live in their yard more than mine, but are always back and forth. When crossing the street they don’t really bob up and down or fly, they run in a funny gliding movement.
I had no idea I’d have so many critters come to visit before moving to Ramona last winter. This is great! One day my husband told me, shortly after we moved in, that he ran into a traffic jam a few blocks away. I was sort of surprised, till he added that it was a flock of turkeys crossing the road. He said it took a few minutes for the 2 dozen or so to cross, so he sat there in stunned silence. I think that’s a pretty cool kind of traffic jam… ~Susan
These turkeys are common around Ramona
Ok, just kidding, but seriously, I could not have set this photo up in a million years. There I was, as usual working at my desk in my home office/living room, when I looked out the window that just happens to be conveniently placed for daydreaming purposes, directly in front of me. I keep my camera on my desk, thank goodness, just in case. ~Susan
How cool is this? Ramona just rocks, love it here…