Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
~ For those passionate about birding and nature ~
August 2018                                                                                          Volume 8.18
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Bird of the Month
California Quail         
Callipepla californica 
The California Quail is a handsome, round soccer ball of a game bird with a small head and bill and a distinctive, curled black head plume in both sexes. Its wings are short and very broad and tail is fairly long and square. Adult males are rich gray and brown, with a black face outlined with bold white stripes. Females are a plainer brown and lack the facial markings. Both sexes have a pattern of white, creamy, and chestnut scales on the belly. Young birds look like females but have a shorter topknot. Legs and feet are gray in both. Though the topknot looks like a single feather, it is actually a cluster of six overlapping plumes.

California Quail lay 12 to 16 eggs in a shallow ground depression lined with grass. (Some nests can contain as many as 28 eggs which may be the result of females laying eggs in nests other than their own, a behavior known as "egg-dumping.")

Many quail chicks are precocial which means relatively mature and mobile from the moment of hatching, so they can leave the nest with their parents. If you pay close attention, you might spot a parade of what appear to be little, yellow "cotton balls" being led by one parent and followed by the other. Multiple California Quail broods may mix after hatching and are attended by all the parents of those broods. It is interesting to note that adults that engage in communal brooding live longer than adults that do not. American Goldfinches finish nesting late this month.

Mainly a seedeater; also eats leaves, flowers, catkins, grain, manzanita and poison oak berries, acorns, and invertebrates such as caterpillars, beetles, mites, millipedes, and snails. Diet is typically about 70 percent vegetarian. You can attract California quail to your yard by sprinkling grain or birdseed on the ground and providing dense shrubbery nearby for cover. Look for CA Quail in dry, patchy, low vegetation, and listen for the prominent Chi-ca-go call. These birds may forage calmly quite close to you, but will flush to cover if you startle them.
For more information on CA Quail, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations: 1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 7644 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks.
Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks

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Drip or Mist?

When most people think of providing water to birds, they think of a bird bath. Birds are attracted to the sound of moving water. Attaching a dripper or mister to your bird bath provides a source of moving water which backyard birds find irresistible! Many birds such as chickadees, finches and titmice will land on the dripper spout and creep down to the end and lean over to take a drink!

Upcoming Events

Lahontan Audubon Society
Friday, August 3  7:00am
Field Trip - Crystal Peak Park, Verdi

Friday, August 17  7:00am
Field Trip - Tahoe Meadows

Tuesday, August 21  4:00pm
Birds & Books: LAS reading/discussions group

Tuesday, August 28  6:30pm
Program Meeting - Chronic wildfire impacts on sage-grouse populations in the Great Basin and tools for management

Friday, August 31  7:00am
Field Trip - Little Washoe Lake and Washoe Lake


Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

Fri Aug 03 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Tea on Top of Tahoe Trek
Sun Aug 05 @ 8:30AM - 01:00PM
Bob Anderson Memorial Hike
Wed Aug 08 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
REI Talk: The Diversity of Tahoe
Thu Aug 09 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Northstar Adventure Camp

Go to Tinsweb website for full list of outings 

Nature Happenings

* Day Lilies are in bloom.
* Young loons learn to fly.
* Orioles and grosbeaks are migrating south for winter; most are gone by end of month.
* House Finches are still coming to feeders with their young.
* Hummingbird activity remains strong as migrators join our year-round birds.
* Yellow jackets make paper-like nests.
* Watch for migrating nocturnal Common Nighthawks.
* Hummingbirds are active at feeders and at flowers, sourcing protein from spiders and insects and sipping nectar for sugars.
* Male hummingbirds start their southbound migration this month, averaging 20 miles a day to their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico. Females head south later, with juveniles sticking around until early October.
* Migration begins. Keep feeders full with fresh food for "stopover" migrants.
* Pinon Jays, normally found exclusively in the pinon/juniper areas, gobble lots of seed at bird feeders.
* Geese, ducks, cranes, etc. usually fly in 'V' formation. The theory is that all, but lead bird, gain lift from wing-tipped vortices produced by lead bird.
* American Goldfinches finish nesting late this month.
* Perseids Meteor shower is mid-month.

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