Gambel's Quail, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Life Lesson from a Quail | May 2016

Life Lesson from a Quail

Gambel's Quail, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Life Lesson from a Quail

Gambel’s Quail, Male

Here is a Life Lesson from a Quail.

I learned this while taking photos in Southeast Arizona.

Each morning the surrounding wilderness was filled with bird calls.

The most notable call came from Gambel’s Quail, which sounded like:


It reminded me of an exclamation of joyful surprise, as if someone had opened a fantastic gift.

So how does this apply to people?


First imagine that you’re a Gambel’s Quail.

Then say, “Wow!” as if you just discovered:

– You’re alive with today ahead of you.

– You have the opportunity to make the world better, even if it’s by sharing a smile.

– You’re an important, incredible, special part of the life that connects us all.

Often having what we want begins by acting as if we already have it.

That’s so because our expectations lead to making choices that create the reality.

So begin with joy.

And then ride the lift it provides to make each day a masterpiece.


Much success,

Steve Kaye

Note: See photos of both the California and Gambel’s Quail in Birds Up Close.

Gambel’s Quail live mostly in the Sonoran Desert near streams and waterholes. Since they eat seeds, leaves, and berries, they often forage on the ground. Like other quail, they travel mostly by running, but can fly very fast with rapid wing beats.

Help Birds Tip

Support organizations that work to protect birds. For example, you might join your local Audubon chapter.

Or you might help the organizations mentioned below.

Birding Resources

You will find Gambel’s Quail around the Casa de San Pedro B&B.

Before leaving for a trip to Arizona, visit the Tucson Audubon Society’s web site. It’s packed with valuable info. And be sure to buy their book on “Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona.”

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Terri-Megan Johnson
    Posted at 10:58h, 03 May

    You’re living with the opportunity to make the world better, even if it’s by sharing a smile – thank you for sharing your photos, they are just like a smile!

  • Penny Schafer
    Posted at 13:59h, 05 May

    Thanks for the positive outlook as always.

  • Russ
    Posted at 21:08h, 05 May

    How about a life lesson from birds in general? They are, after all, the living descendants of the dinosaurs. Who otherwise got wiped out wholesale. So watching them interact with each other at my backyard feeders is both rewarding and entertaining. As well as humbling, for what was almost lost on that terrible day long ago.

  • Thilda Zorn
    Posted at 21:09h, 05 May

    Steve, to share this with your bird-watching community and others –
    Happiness is not a feeling – it is a training, a philosophy – a Way! Much love, Thilda, Kolibri-Quetzal-Country Guatemala

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 07:54h, 06 May

    Ans WOW to you.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 11:17h, 08 May

    Whew! For a minute I thought you meant a Quayle! ;o)

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 06:50h, 16 May

    Thank you for this lovely homily this morning, Steve. Passing it along, although I do wish you had sharing buttons on your site. They make sharing a post so easy!

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