Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon family Falconidae. It is also known as the European Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, or Old World Kestrel. It is widespread in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) is a bird hunted by Aldo during his October section. "There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting" (page The bird does look tasty, but is its hunting unparalleled?
This beautiful female Gambel's Quail was photographed at Bill Forbes' "Pond at Elephant Head" in Amado, Arizona (south of Tucson). I love the cholla skeletons - they make such interesting perches for the desert birds.