(I’m afraid you will have to imagine it, literally, because I have no picture.) But I was locking the door this morning, late for work, coffeeless, wondering if I could figure out a way to do my editing outside today, when I looked at my front yard and saw six quail.

They were running to the beds I hadn’t weeded yet (maybe that’s a good excuse not to weed?) and I thought they were running from me, until I looked up and saw a hawk.

I live across the street from a busy hospital that gets a lot of traffic, both vehicular and helicopter-ular. But there was Nature! In my front yard! I can’t wait until a family of raccoons moves in.

This is not the quail I saw this morning, but it does illustrate the little feather thing on top of their heads.