Monday, May 17, 2010

What a cute little covey of quail !

Yes, that's what I thought as Braxton, Lulu and I were finishing up our morning walk.


We had already said "hello!" to the Pygmy goat -which reminds me - I need to find out it's name so I don't sound so silly saying "Good morning.......uh..goat" .....


Anyway, we were finishing the walk and nearing home, stopping at the somewhat busy street (like a car every 1.5 minutes or so) when I spotted a whole covey of quail! Ohhh! They are so fun to watch. They actually sort of waddle!


Only these I think were older- no babies with them- I think it may have been a senior citizen's field trip - some had that middle-age spread going on. And some were slow - looking like an old man with a walker.


Then I saw it. A car barreling down the street. He was driving east - towards the sun- which at this time of the morning is brightly coming over the Wasatch mountains. I just knew he didn't see them. Sunshine blindness and all.


I figured he'd probably see me though. I'm wearing a bright green LARGE shirt and neon pink Crocks.

 So I risk it all, holding the dogs back with one hand, getting into the semi-squat position with one hand raised in the universal "STOP!" sign while the quail slowly meandered across the wide street.


Now, mind you, I am not an expert on birds, but I swear they were looking a little indignant, heads held high - continuing their slow pace.

 The driver saw me - looked at me like, oh I don't know.... a "WHAT?? ARE YOU CRAZY ?" kind of look and stopped. Just long enough for the quail to reach the other side of the wide street and.............

FLY away!


Are you kidding me?? All the time I'm risking life and limb and pink Crocks you all could have just FLOWN AWAY?

... gotta love nature.....

Watch our for quail in the road...and  lime green-pink crocked ladies...

{reprinted from 2007.{when the only followers were me and my sister Kathy}....with new photos of the walk and the quail on the sidewalk today ..
-me

15 comments:

Lori R. said...

I love it!!! Your stories are wonderful... and the pink crocs (quite an image I am getting)Still have them? I am sure the driver spotted them before he saw the quail...

Just Breathe said...

I am so happy that you saved them today no matter how crazy it may have seemed to the driver! Good job.

LoganO_Kellam1 said...

噴泉的高度,不會超過它的源頭。一個人的事業也是如此,它的成就絕不會超過自己的信念。.............................................

劉KarolR_Sundquis said...

君子立恆志,小人恆立志。.............................................

Karen said...

I knew there was a good reason for pink crocs.

diane said...

The mind boggles, lime green shirt and pink crocs holding up the traffic. Its a wonder the dogs didn't disown you.I love the walk under the trees with the falling blossoms...so pretty. And then they flew away....hehehehe.

Life is good! said...

you are their hero! their pink crocked hero!

just call me jo said...

Ah, I love quail. Such cute pictures. Thanks.

Emmy said...

That's awesome! You are are amazing; I don't know if I would have been able to just run out into the street like that...WOW! :)

Sue said...

I have always wanted to say, "a covey of quail" (don't ask me why) and now I can at least write it! (doesn't take much to make me happy LOL). Your description of this covey of quail and the 'rescue' of them is hilarious!

Colleen, your posts make me smile, grin, chuckle and often, LOL...thank you for being such a bright part of the day.

Hugs

Vee said...

Oh ho! I'm so glad that you reposted this. The image of you stopping traffic for quail is too much fun. Thanks, I always need a laugh about this time!

Laurie said...

Too funny! And how your blog has grown since then, full of readers who can't wait for your next post...like me!!!

Connie said...

Hi Colleen -
If you can get through to me there is a huge bird that walked across my yard the other day. Boy, he was on a mission and knew just where he was going. You have a great blog -- enjoy it !
May I ask you how you were able to get through to me ? As you can see, I have been writing to myself and also working with blogger since I began this.

If you were to contact me, how would you do it ?? I would so appreciate knowing this answer. The blogger man wants to know so he can figure it all out. Otherwise, I may go out and take up sky diving.

Breezy said...

I love quail. We have them in our yard and they provide so much amusement. They are sweet and funny!
Thanks for sharing the photo's.

Pearl said...

Too funny I could just see you LOL in them crocks and the guy going "whats up with this women?"