Any­thing Quail!

In­spired by nest­ing quail on the fam­ily prop­erty, here’s one col­lec­tor whose pas­sion for all-things quail has taken flight

Our Canada - - Collectors - by Bar­bara Turner, Kelowna, B. C.

For some un­known rea­son, I have al­ways loved Cal­i­for­nia quail. We would see the odd cou­ple at our pre­vi­ous homes, and when we moved to our cur­rent lo­ca­tion in May 2003, I was de­lighted to find that we had more than 25 pairs of quail ready to nest. And nest they did, in ev­ery bush and tree we had on our prop­erty, as well as on our neigh­bour’s land. What a de­light the lit­tle ba­bies are when they are born! We have spent so many hours watch­ing these and other quail fam­i­lies bond and grow. This fas­ci­na­tion with live quail soon be­came the ba­sis for col­lect­ing and dis­play­ing “any­thing and ev­ery­thing” quail in­side and out­side of our home.

Our first or­der of busi­ness was to name our new home “Quail Stop Cot­tage” and we had a pro­fes­sional sign made. From there, the col­lec­tion just hap­pened. I would see some­thing with quail on it and just had to have it. Friends and fam­ily have pur­chased many items for us over the years as well. I was hon­oured to re­ceive a won­der­ful set of solid brass quail af­ter a good friend’s mother passed away.

In ad­di­tion to the above-men­tioned, my col­lec­tion in­cludes T-shirts, book­marks, paint­ings and fig­urines, and a very spe­cial serv­ing jug and glasses hand-painted by a lo­cal artist in Ver­non, B.C., about 30 miles away from Kelowna. One of my best friends Anna-marie pur­chased the jug as a gift for us and, of course, I then just had to have the glasses!

In case you’re won­der­ing, we still have quail vis­it­ing our cot­tage, but not in the num­bers we used to get 13 years ago. It seems that the mag­pies and crows are get­ting too many of the quail eggs be­fore they hatch. We’re still try­ing to fig­ure out how to stop this from hap­pen­ing, but na­ture is na­ture, and we’ll just have to wait it out and hope that quail num­bers will soon be on the rise once again.

Bar­bara be­gan col­lect­ing quail items in May 2003, af­ter mov­ing to her new home in Kelowna, B.C.

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