Today as I was cleaning up the house, I happened to glance out the window, only to notice a flock of birds unlike any I have seen since moving to Joshua Tree. I quickly went to get my camera, and followed them around from window to window as they circled the house. They definitely preferred the shade, and would run pretty fast when crossing through the sunny areas of the yard. I wonder if they are Sage Grouse? They don't exactly fit the description of Sage Grouse, so then I thought maybe they were Chukar? Does anyone know what they might be?
There were about fourteen of them. They most definitely are not the Gambel's Quail. I am familiar with them, since they visit almost daily. These mystery birds were bigger than the Quail, and they had longer legs. They almost seemed turkey like. ??? If anyone has an idea of what kind of birds they are, I am interested!
Blurry Gambel's Quail photo.
In other, art-related news, Lucien Freud, the figure painter, died Wednesday night. You can read the New York Times article here. (Thanks to Marjorie for sending me the link!)