The male quail is the lookout while the female shepherds the babies around on the ground, teaching them how to scratch and eat. Quail are ground birds, like chickens or pheasants. We also have a lot of doves, and a flock of wild pigeons, which are birds of the air.
The males are so beautiful, with their top knot and white-outlined black face feathers, they sometimes stop me in my tracks. Such perfection. There are 2 families with babies skittering through the vegetable garden now, the babies starting to fly. We walk slowly around them and they’ve gotten used to us, so we can get pretty close.