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    Great job capturing such a beautiful bird!

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    I've been enjoying watching a quail couple in the yard. The male is so attentive to the female. He follows her around everywhere and I've observed him actually chase away pigeons and a blue jay that got too close to his lady. Yesterday we noticed Mr. Quail standing on top of the light fixture that is next to the walkway leading up to the house. We have seen him up there before, but yesterday he stayed up there for almost an hour! The mystery was finally solved when we saw a teeny, tiny new baby quail run across the walkway and disappear into the poppies, then another, and another, and another! I don't know exactly how many there were, they went so fast before disappearing into the poppies. Daddy had found a good vantage point to watch over his family of new little ones!

    That's the first batch of baby quail we've seen this year . . . it seems so early for the babies already. Spring definitely has sprung!
    I'll try to get a picture of them if I can. They're so little!

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    That would have been cute, but how do you know that was not the female watching over her little ones? Can you tell a male quail from a female quail?
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    Easy to tell males from females by their markings and color. Male birds are almost always more colorful than the females.
    See here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/California_Quail/id

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    The male is definitely prettier.
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    Male birds have brighter colors as a way of calling attention to themselves, I think.

    Men's neckties seem to be in the same general spirit.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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    Oh, those male show offs. Just like Howie.
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    I didn't want to name any names but now that you mention it....

    He may not wear a tie but what about that pink car?
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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    Caught a quick photo today of the little guys as they dashed across the walkway and disappeared into the poppy jungle. Dad was up watching over them again. Sorry the picture quality is so bad, pics were taken from inside, through a window screen, with zoom, and snapped before the camera could even auto focus! Those little guys move so fast!
    Here's the attentive dad.

    And here's mom and one chick.

    And two more!

    Is it any wonder they disappear. Look at that jungle!
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    I think there's a glimpse of the little ones. Fast is probably an excellent way to be for them.

    Those poppies are magnificent!
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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