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@Stephen T. That photo of the quail looks like a painting, a picture like that would make a great jigsaw puzzle.
 
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In the winter, we get a lot of quail in the front yard, such comical birds! They run across the snow, like Charlie Chaplin's funny walk. The only other birds that show up in such large numbers are yellow headed blackbirds and evening grosbeaks. I only got about half of them in the picture.

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Love these! You're so lucky to have them. I finally got to see our very first ones on our California trip this past Spring. Once we were familiar with their call, they were easy to spot. Acorn woodpeckers too...

Thanks for sharing!
 
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We're supposed to have mountain quail here, along with the California quail, but I have yet to see one. I keep hoping.
 
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We really enjoy the spotted towhees, finding them to be a nice bright spot with interesting habits. To find seeds and other stuff on the ground, with leaves, misc. ground cover or snow, they stand in place and kick back with both feet at the same time, moving a lot of material! It's a little puzzling to me, how they kick back violently with both feet, jump somewhat, come down in the same place and do it again... fast!

They do tend to have an intense look! It almost looks like he has a cigar in his mouth and is talking around it. "Listen sonny... this is my territory, now scram!".
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There are 2 pair that tend to hang around here a good part of the year and we're hoping to see them again fairly soon.
 
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What a cool picture! @BobDE
 

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I love his smiling this is my place face!
 
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This gourd is right behind my BBQ grill on the deck. He likes to watch me cook. I wonder if he felt like he might get a plate? LOL
 
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Blue jays are sure attractive birds, nicely captured! We don't see them out here. I'm a real fan of all the corvids (ravens, crows, magpies, jays).

Here in central Oregon, around our yard, we have Steller's jays, western scrub jays, black billed magpies and ravens. Oddly, there are no crows in this area! Scrub jays are by far our most common visitors, there's a group that must have a lookout watching our yard, as they are almost always there very shortly after I fill the feeders. We refer to them as "The Blues Brothers". I like them better than the Steller's jays, they seem less aggressive to other birds around the yard and aren't as vocal, not that they are quiet, just not as non-musical.

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I love Blue jays, but I dislike that they go after the babies in the birdhouses of other birds, I find dead newly hatched babies everywhere and I get it it's Nature's way but I still don't like it!

Anyone knows what kind of turtle this big fella is?

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