This morning my neighbor Jane knocked on my door and told me there were birds in her yard that looked like little pheasants. Turns out they were a whole little covey of bobwhite quail. No momma, just the youngsters. I thought the parents stayed with the little ones through the winter but I may be wrong.
Click on any of these to embiggen. Mostly what I got was photos of quail LEAVING, as they were suspicious of me. Not suspicious enough, in my opinion. Quail are delicious, lots of critters think so, and these guys are awfully tame to survive in a big, scary, carnivorous world.
They sure are cuties.
I love that one just above, all of them marching along the edge of the sidewalk in a line.
After I had put my camera away, we scattered some birdseed on the walk and a couple of the boy quail came over and ate it eagerly, so Jane got some much better pictures. Then they all walked away down the alley like they knew where they were going.