If this topknot survives the Halloween weekend I’ll assume it can withstand a concerted assault.
When we last saw the quail a few months back he had just had his topknot snapped off. Again. A few changes from feather #1 & #2: the feather has a stainless steel pin running its length and extending two inches into the sculpture; the feather stands upright (harder for kids to hang off of) and is supported by a thick sculptural weld blending plumply into the head.
I like the attitude he takes with the feather upright- a bit perkier.