I’ve written before about my fabulous cousin. One of the things I love about her is her unbridled enthusiasm for things she likes. And she likes nature so I especially enjoy talking about animals, plants, and wild places with her. I’m told she especially likes seeing quail when she visits her home state of California. I do too, They remind me of happy childhood times in the oak-madrone hills. They’d visit our yard wandering across the dichondra that was our front lawn. They are cheerful, colorful birds with attractive patterns in their plumage But, it’s the noises that make that will charm you first. Their calls -ke-kee-ke, ke-kee-ke – can be heard from the chaparral. If you flush them, the whir of their wings will drum right into your heart. Today, with quail on my mind,my heart is drumming with birthday wishes for my dear cousin. May the coming year be filled with the cheer, warmth,and charm, of the quail.