California Quail

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California Quail

Protected in coveys during Winter,

the quail in pairs appear

to begin the rites of Spring.

 

Sounding to each the call,

chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go,

they seek shelter and nest.

 

Low lying brush provides cover

as mates prepare a shallow nest

to begin a new season of raising young.

 

Eggs laid in pine needles and dried leaves,

turns taken to care for the clutch

in hopes of young to guarantee a future.

 

Callipepla califonica walks proudly

in front of the young showing the world

a proud brood of offspring for a new year.

 

Father and mother alternate calls,

chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go,

for the chicks to follow.

 

Papa displays the larger topnotch,

a group of six small feathers arranged proudly,

allowing it to bob as he proudly struts.

 

Mother, with smaller plume,

antiphonally answers her mate

Chi-CAH-go, chi-CAH-go!

 

So, Spring as come to the shrub land

as the California quail arrives to

greet us with its rites of Spring.

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Weatherstone’s Poems (40)

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The Other Side of Night 0
California Quail 0
Tired So Tired 1
Significance 1
The Critic of a Perfectionist
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1
Help Me Define Reality 0
At War 0
Lost 1
On The Edge of My Map 0
The Devil In the Drink 0
Road of the Broken 3
Cry of the Curlew Bird 0
Ode To Desert Flower 2
Running the Risk 5
Wrestlers 3
For One Dim Light 3
Breathing Atmosphere 2
Spring 2
Dew On Death's Door 5
Hands of Time 2
A Parent's Joy 1
Fall Into Winter 1
My Heart's Flow -5
Sandy Seashore 1
Razor Blade Tongues 2
Mind's Eye 1
Travel 4
The Deepest Part of Me 1
September Tears 3
Descends the Darkness 1
Warm Friend 1
We Are Made 5
Creator's Way 1
Measure of Me 1
Dance Lessons 7
This Mountain 0
Mountain Conqueror 1
My Son 3
That Young Soldier 2
The Measure of Two Lives 1