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Friday, April 30, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ California Quail ~ Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich ~ Gil and Mary Zavala ~ National Arbor Day ~ National Hairstylist Appreciation Day

 

Good 39º sunny morning. 

Yesterday the light clouds moved in, it was quite breezy, and we topped at 89º.



 
Happy last day of April and here comes May....
 
 
Picture of the Day
 

 
 
Interesting about quail.....
 

 

The California quail (Callipepla californica), also known as the California valley quail or Valley quail, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown in females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. Their closest relative is Gambel's quail which has a more southerly distribution and, a longer crest at 2.5 in, a brighter head and a scalier appearance. The two species separated about 1–2 million years ago, during the Late Pliocene or Early Pleistocene. It is the state bird of California.

The California quail is a highly sociable bird that often gathers in small flocks known as "coveys". One of their daily communal activities is a dust bath. A group of quail will select an area where the ground has been newly turned or is soft, and using their underbellies, will burrow downward into the soil some one to two inches. They then wriggle about in the indentations they have created, flapping their wings and ruffling their feathers, causing dust to rise in the air. They seem to prefer sunny places in which to create these dust baths. An ornithologist is able to detect the presence of quail in an area by spotting the circular indentations left behind in the soft dirt, some 2.8–5.9 inches in diameter.

 


They are year-round residents. Although this bird coexists well at the edges of urban areas, it is declining in some areas as human populations increase. They were originally found mainly in the southwestern United States but they have been introduced into other areas including British ColumbiaHawaiiChileUruguayBrazilArgentinaPeruSouth AfricaNew Zealand, and to Norfolk Island and King Island in Australia. These birds forage on the ground, often scratching at the soil. They can sometimes be seen feeding at the sides of roads. Their diet consists mainly of seeds and leaves, but they also eat some berries and insects; for example, Toyon berries are a common food source. If startled, these birds explode into short rapid flight, called "flushing". Given a choice, they will normally escape on foot.

 

Their breeding habitat is shrubby areas and open woodlands in western North America. The nest is a shallow scrape lined with vegetation on the ground beneath a shrub or other cover. The female usually lays approximately 12 eggs. Once hatched, the young associate with both adults. Often, families group together, into multifamily "communal broods" which include at least two females, multiple males and many offspring. Males associated with families are not always the genetic fathers. In good years, females will lay more than one clutch, leaving the hatched young with the associated male and laying a new clutch, often with a different associated male.

 

They have a variety of vocalizations including the social "chicago" call, contact "pips" and warning "pips". During the breeding season, males utter the agonistic "squill" and will often interrupt their social mate's "chicago" call with a "squill," a possible form of antiphonal calling.

 

The California quail is the state bird of California. It was established as the state bird in 1932.


Quail distribution areas.... 


The quail population has fluctuated significantly throughout California. Once plentiful in San Francisco, by 2017 only one California quail remained in the city. Local birders named the male bird Ishi after the last known member of California's Native American Yahi tribe. The California quail eats insects, especially in summer, as well as plants. Unlike many other bird species, they require a high protein diet. 

 

 



From Mr. Food
 

The colorful and fresh ingredients we'd find in an Italian caprese salad are layered and melted together in this novel Caprese-Style Grilled Cheese sandwich that's sure to become a favorite at your house!

 

  • 8 slices Italian or sourdough bread
  • 4 plum tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

 

  1. Place 4 slices bread on work surface. Evenly layer each with tomato and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with basil. Place remaining bread slices on top and brush both sides of sandwiches with olive oil.
     
  2. Cook in batches in a skillet over medium heat, until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted.


 
Today is a very special anniversary... high school pal and fellow Job's Daughter Mary (Fancher) and her hubby (also high school pal) Gil Zavala are celebrating their 55th Anniversary. CONGRATULATIONS kids!!!
 
 
 
Historically this date......
1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York CityGeorge Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.


1803 – Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.


1812 – The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.


1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.


1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
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1945 – World War II: FührerbunkerAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for one day. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.


1947 – In Nevada, the Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam a second time.

2009 – Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.



And births this date include....
1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American companion of Gertrude Stein (d. 1967)
... a very interesting read!
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1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)
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1926 – Cloris Leachman, American actress (d.2021)
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1933 – Willie Nelson, American musician
Busy life, wives/children/marijuana.....
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1938 – Gary Collins, American actor (d.2012)
.... the boy has racked up quite a few of mug shots over the years for DUI and dine and dash....
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1943 – Bobby Vee, American singer (d.2016)
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All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Friday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

Each year in April, National Arbor Day encourages us to celebrate and plant trees. The observance takes place each year on the last Friday in April.  

Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel, and office supplies.

Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day, and improve our quality of life. The day celebrates all these things and aims for American generations to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by planting a tree today. You can also spend time caring for trees in your area.  Join an event near you or organize one in your community. Consider the trees you plant, too. While you may look for fast-growing trees so that you may enjoy the tree during your lifetime, planting a slower-growing tree is an investment in the future. Generations to come will enjoy the shade and beauty of the tree long after we’re gone. And leaving something as precious as a tree behind is quite an investment.

NATIONAL ARBOR DAY HISTORY

On April 10, 1872, journalist and newspaper editor J.Sterling Morton established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the country. This first celebration challenged the people of Nebraska to plant as many trees as they possibly could. Since the pioneers missed the trees and forests of the east, they answer the challenge by planting more than 1 million trees that very first year.

And.... today is also
 

Each year on April 30th, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day honors hairstylists everywhere who make artful hairstyles possible. A talented hairstylist will not only make you look good but also make you feel good. This day also celebrates the uniqueness of all styles of hair.
Hairstylists receive training that gives them experience with a variety of textures, styles, and colors. No matter your style, your hairstylist knows the latest cuts and fashions to make your favorite looks come true. They also know how to keep your hair healthy and manageable, too. Whether you like it short, piled high, or sassy, stylists spend their days honing their skills so you look your best.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate your hairstylist by thanking them for their kindness or lending ear. Their morale-boosting, confidence building and self-esteem building talents allow us to look our best. Send flowers, give an appreciation card, leave an extra special tip, or maybe send a gift!