Thanks for correcting me on that "dense" cover stuff, should have known that there wasn't much sage brush in western OR, but for some reason I wasn't thinking when I posted.
Definitely looks like you have no lack of water. I think those are ferns on the ground in that last picture! What time of year is that? Just recently?
Looking at the blue grouse picture you put up, I'm thinking now that it must have been sage grouse that I was hunting and referred to earlier. Sage grouse are a bit bigger and lighter in color.
That is a big quail!! Never heard of mtn quail.
Yes that is dense too, K9 help would definitely be a benefit.