Can the Serious Birders help us out here?
We are mystified by the quail we saw whilst cycling in at Arrowhead Marsh, in Oakland.
First, it strikes us that seeing any quail at all so near the freeway and the Oakland Colosseum and all the warehouses is a bit peculiar. But the markings on this bird seem so much like a Gambel's Quail, which shouldn't be in Northern California.
Since the last quail I encountered was someone's escaped dinner, and since Robb tells me that these birds can interbreed with California Quails, I'm totally at a loss to identify these birds.