[Tweeters] Weird West Seattle California Quail

Ed Swan Edswan2 at comcast.net
Mon Jun 24 13:14:29 PDT 2019

For the last several weeks, I have heard a California Quail calling from
tall Douglas-fir trees in my neighborhood in West Seattle. I wouldn't
expect to find a quail here or to hear one calling from 10-20m up in a fir
tree. I have never seen it well enough to have any idea of what it could be
and disregarded the quail hypothesis despite the proper call until my
neighbor Randall Willet took two photographs of the bird sitting on a roof.
It's never been seen or heard on the ground. It moves around the
neighborhood calling single note calls regularly, nearly always from tall

I would guess this is an escaped hatched bird. I posted the photo on ebird.

Good birding,


Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

edswan2 at comcast.net <mailto:edswan2 at comcast.net>



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