Date: 6/23/19 7:44 pm
From: Pamela Johnston <shovzan...>
Subject: [obol] Mountain Quail have hatched
Today I got home about 1PM and was greeted at the door by my husband, who
said I had to see the Quail. From the kitchen window we saw one, presumably
female, quail and 8 or 9 tiny chicks.

She made herself broad and low to the ground and all the chicks found a
place under her wings and body. Her shape was like a curling stone with a
broad tail added on. Her crest feather was down flat. These birds disappear
without going away.

My husband sees Quail from his shop behind the house, more often than I do,
and I agree with his conclusion that the male is missing. Normally a foray
into the open areas at this end of the yard would include a male to stand
watch. I think that may be why the female spent an hour or so sheltering
the chicks on their way to forage under the cover of low shrubs.

Pamela Johnston, outside McMinnville

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