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Are California quail returning to local backyards?

By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 am in California quail, Feral cats.

Male California quail. Photo by Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, CA
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This picture was just taken a few minutes ago. It’s not often I capture good pictures of a quail. They are too fast. I got lucky. This cutie was up in the tree on the lookout.
Lynda Nunn, Walnut Creek, California

California quail are one of my favorite birds. This male is beautiful! A few years ago they were rarely seen in local backyards, I suspect because we had so many feral cats that eat quail running around the Bay Area. But the feral cat rescue groups (and coyotes) seem to be thinning the feral population, because I’m getting more and more reports of quail being sighted just about every week. That’s great! /Gary

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4 Responses to “Are California quail returning to local backyards?”

  1. Joanne Smith Says:


  2. Mary Pawlowski Says:

    Nice shot! We had a one perched on our front porch last Friday here in San Ramon. I went out to investigate and there were two more on the fence!

  3. Gayle Says:

    Handsome lookout guard! We used to have quail visit quite often here in my Lafayette garden. However for the last couple of years, not so much. We always experienced such delight to see the tiny fuzzy babies but also such dismay as their numbers dwindled. Roving cats and Scrub Jays were the culprits. Sure hope they come back. There seem to be less cats sculking about now.

  4. Terry O'Malley Says:

    We live on the edge of Acalanes Open Space, now that the cows are gone we are seeing more and more quail. It began last year, now they are frequent visitors parading along fence tops, running across the streets, making their very loud morning whistles. Prior to the last two years we saw no quail.

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