While doing yard work, we discovered this little quail family living in our hedge. The California quail have a forward curving plume on their heads and their typical call is "Chi-ca-go." You hear them a lot around here. The female usually lays 12 speckled eggs and the chicks are tiny; half the size of a wine cork. If on the roadside, the male may run ahead, trying to draw the car or "predator" away from his family. We decided the hedge didn't need to be pruned just yet.
Most of the homes in Naramata were built on land that used to be orchards. Among the fruit trees in our yard are two old apple trees. An organization called O.K.S.I.R. comes and bands the trees looking for the presence of coddling moths. These pests can be devastating to the commercial orchards. We were also shown how to thin the fruit by culling the small fruit in a cluster and leaving the king apple to ripen. We pruned all the runners, gathered up the branches and felt like there was no end to all the work still to do on the place. That's when we discovered our little quail family. There is a lot of beauty in surprises.
That's my view from the deck.
Rick & Gayle Grant
Naramata Lakeside Guesthouse