FW: [canberrabirds] quails

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] quails
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:05:47 +0000

Oops even then I made a typing mistake.......... Who spotted it? Should be: eyes of a covey of quails


From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Monday, 24 July, 2017 11:48 AM
To: 'Suzanne EDGAR';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] quails


Fine. Yes I know (and more to the point, I think most readers would know) what is a covey and a coven............


Curiously Macbeth’s coven of witches did not include “eyes of a coven of quails” in their bubbling cauldron, to make that distinction – it was “eye of newt”, also an owlet’s wing as the only bird bit, among the long list of oddities.



From: Suzanne EDGAR [
Sent: Monday, 24 July, 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] quails


BTW, forgot to say: a couple of wks ago I saw a covey [memo to Philip: not coven] of brown quail on the left hand side green verge as I was driving from Black Mtn peninsula towards Scrivener Dam, just before the Aboriginal cultural centre; I parked across on the wider opposite verge & went over for a look & flushed them twice. This sighting was an unusual treat for me.


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