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.