I am priveleged to occasionally witness these little domestic dramas as they play out in my backyard. This is my local Scaled Quail family. Body language tells a lot of what is going on....
Him: Well, looks like your chicks are in the bushes again.
Her: My chicks? What do you mean my chicks?? I distinctly remember you had a part in that.
Him: Well, you laid them. -- Hey! Hey you kids -- get out of the bushes! ---- Don't make her come down there.
Her: Me?? (Gives him that look that all husbands will recognize) --- So you've got a broken wing or something?
Him: Nah...I'm busy. I'm on lookout duty....
Her: Oh yeah? I'll give you something to look out for...
(Eventually, with a little prodding, they both went after the chicks.)
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The Home Place -- 2017