I thought Q would be a challenging letter, but when I looked at a list of Q words, there were lots of options. What first came to mind was quiet...yep, once again I'm writing about my backyard. After being away from home, what I really appreciate is the quiet. In the backyard I can hear the rumble of the river below and, this time of year, I can usually hear the quail chattering.
We have a family of quail who live in our yard. Two years ago we found a nest in the bushes outside our bedroom window. There were over a dozen eggs and we anxiously watched for them to hatch.
|It is difficult to tell the size of the eggs. To put it in perspective, the green plant material is blades of grass.|
All but one egg hatched. They quickly left the nest and we would watch the line of fluffy marshmallow sized chicks march across the lawn following their mother. Over the course of the season we lost a few, probably to neighborhood cats, but by the end of the summer we had nine or ten juvenile quail.
A sure sign of spring is the quail reappearing in the yard. We have a pair that are nesting under the pine tree. I'm looking forward to seeing more fluffy marshmallows running around the yard.