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One of my favorite birds here in the Sierra Foothills is the California Quail! These little birds gather in groups called a covey. When startled, their tiny little legs, carry them off to the bushes to hide. I have tried so many times to capture these lovely plump birds in photos and was finally awarded with a few the other day. So, let’s go and check out the Quail, which is the State Bird of California! If you click on the photos you will notice more of the amazing details of this bird!

Quail in the yard

Quail in the yard

The males have a black accent on their faces, and their knot of feathers on the top of their heads is larger than that of the female. Their top knot is made up of six feathers.

One majestic male

One majestic male

Isn’t he handsome?

Here is a shot of two females looking at me. Notice that their coloring is less prominent than that of the male. Also, their top knots of feathers are much smaller.

Two females staring at me

Two females staring at me


The females can have up to 28 eggs in their nest. This is partly due to egg-dumping, which is when other females lay eggs in a nest other than their own.

The younger quail have not quite developed their top knots as this photo shows.

Younger birds with less developed head feathers

Younger birds with less developed head feathers

Notice the interesting pattern in their feathers.

Interesting feather patterns

Interesting feather patterns

Having had their fill of seed in our yard, the begin to move off…

Heading out

Heading out

Isn’t that a cool bird? I hope that you enjoyed these photos of our State Bird! Thanks for dropping in today and have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well… ^..^

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When we first moved here to the Sierra Foothills, one of the birds of summer that I noticed was an odd little gray bird that walks down the trunks of the pine trees. Rarely do you see them going up a tree. My neighbor identified this bird to me as the Nuthatch!

The Nuthatch

The Nuthatch

These birds look for insects in the crevices of the pine bark. Can you find the bird in this photo?

Do you see me?

Do you see me?

These adorable birds actually “bury” seeds in the trees for later snacking! Look to see if you can find the incoming bird!

Watching an incoming bird

Watching an incoming bird

The female nuthatch is the nest builder and lays between 5-9 white to pinkish white eggs. Incubation is about 2 weeks.

Walking down the tree

Walking down the tree

Isn’t that a cool bird?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great Wednesday and be well! ^..^

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I have been trying to capture photos to share with you of a bird that is native to our area in the Sierra Foothills, that I affectionately call “Clown Face.” It is a charming woodpecker that is very swift. And, these birds have the funniest faces! They make a sound that reminds me of the howling monkeys at the zoo!

Meet clown face!  I suggest clicking on all the photos so that you can see these little guys better!

Meet Clown Face

Meet Clown Face

Its real name is the Acorn Woodpecker.

The Acorn Woodpecker

The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name suggests, they collect acorns, drill holes in a tree or telephone pole and stick the acorn in the hole. Check out the size of the beak on this bird!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

They live in groups. And, collectively they raise their young. When we first moved here, we used to refer to them as the “monkey birds.” Click on the link that follows to hear what they sound like. Scroll down to calls, drums.

The Sounds of the Acorn Woodpecker!

They are frequently raiding our bird feeder chasing off other birds.

Two at the feeder

Two at the feeder

They race around our yard and travel between the wires and the feeder!

Bird on the wire

Bird on the wire

Chowing down

Chowing down

I hope that you enjoyed these funny faced birds! Have an amazing Saturday, and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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No, this is not a post about my state of mind! It is a post featuring two of the resident birds in my little corner of the world. Today I am featuring photos taken of the Stellar Jay and the Scrub Jay!

Here is the majestic Stellar Jay!

Stellar Jay

Stellar Jay

And, here is the Scrub Jay!

The Scrub Jay

The Scrub Jay

You might be familiar with that Kevin Costner movie in which he says, “Build it and they will come.” Well, for these birds, put out the nuts and they will come!

Put out the nuts and they will come

Put out the nuts and they will come

Check out these next shots that I was lucky to get because these birds are swift!

Watching me

Watching me

A pair

A pair

Grabbing a treat

Grabbing a treat

Going for it!

Going for it!

One final shot…the Scrub Jay cracked open a shell and in this photo you can see the nut in his mouth before he swallows it!

A nut in the mouth

A nut in the mouth

Have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for dropping in! Be well! ^..^

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Yesterday, I wandered outside and was sitting in front of the house when I noticed there were no birds around. We always have birds in our yard, particularly around the bird feeder, and there was not a one to be found. Then a movement off to my left caught my eye. It was a turkey buzzard. Then I realized there was more than one. Now recently we had a fox die across the street from our house, and the janitors finely showed up to clean it up! I headed back into the house to grab my camera and my 55/250 lens. So, today, I wanted to share the photos I caught of these birds of which there were about a half dozen.

One of these huge birds was perched on the power pole watching over the fox remains.

Standing watch from the power pole

Standing watch from the power pole

There were a couple of them in the trees surrounding the area where the fox lay.

Watching from a pine tree

Watching from a pine tree

Sitting on top of the world

Sitting on top of the world

As I got closer, a number of them flew off. One remained on a branch and as I watched it prepared to take flight. This next series of photos I snapped are one after another.

Ready?

Ready?

Set

Set

Go!

Go!

As this bird began to fly I caught this next series of photos…

Heading out of the trees

Heading out of the trees

Getting lift

Getting lift

Gaining momentum

Gaining momentum

Soaring!

Soaring!

The bird joined another in flight, circling, circling, circling, willing me to move away from the area so that they could continue to feed.

Joining another to circle

Joining another to circle


This is Life in the Foothills! One never knows what one will see, discover and get to enjoy! I hope that you liked this series of one of the locals in our area!

May you have an amazing day and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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When we visited the Sacramento Zoo, in the area where the birds are located we found one odd bird! Tell me if you agree!

Check out that beak!

Check out that beak!

That knob on the top might be his nostrils! I am sorry that I do not know what kind of bird this is! If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know and I will add it and link that info to you! This bird, to give you an idea of how big it is, is larger than a very large turkey!

UPDATE: Thank you to Veronica Roth who told me that this odd bird is an Abyssinian ground hornbill!

Check out this bird’s eyelashes! Maybelline might just have a new eyelash model with this baby! If you click on this photo you will be able to really see the detail!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

What lovely eyelashes you have!

And what about these legs?

Lovely legs!

Lovely legs!

I did manage to get a bit of video! This bird just kept walking back and forth in front of us. So, here is:

May you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thank you for taking the time today to visit with me, and be well!

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We sat down with our evening cocktail last night and as I was talking to my husband, a movement behind him below the deck caught my attention. It was a turkey! She came sauntering up the side path, hopped up to steps, crossed our driveway to where the bird feeder is. The birds that were at the feeder: Well, they all took flight when they saw gargantuan heading their way. This is the closest to the wild turkey either of us have ever gotten and she let me get fairly close and posed for me too! Check out the following photos…the captions say it all!

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Perspective

Perspective

Feeding

Feeding

A big stretch

A big stretch

Coming out of the stretch

Coming out of the stretch

Now ruffle the feathers

Now ruffle the feathers

Now give a good shake

Now give a good shake

One more fluff

One more fluff

It is watching me as I move around

It is watching me as I move around

Heading out

Heading out

Thanks for the grub!

Thanks for the grub!

Pretty cool huh? We hope that this lovely birds comes back to visit again!

Thanks for stopping by today! We are on the home stretch to the weekend! Have a great Thursday!

Be well! ^..^

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