Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Something ELSE in the Tree!


(photo courtesy wikipedia)


I remember the first time I ever saw a roadrunner, and not the one that tortures Wily E Coyote. (did I spell that right??)


Although they can fly, they spend most of their time on the ground. We've seen them catch lizards. Sometimes they are very curious, and don't run away.

I've heard that they can get very used to humans.



This morning, I saw one hop in the big mesquite tree in our front 'yard' (not really a yard, no grass...).




I wandered outside to see what he was doing.




He/She has built a nest.




See his/her head? Right in the middle of the picture, through all the leafy foliage.
So, I guess I'm going to have to try to keep the maurading cat away, and hope for the best.
Right after I snapped this picture, she ran out of the tree, and then I could see her nest.

We had a birds nest on our side porch for the past couple of weeks, I was enjoying watching Mama feed her babies. The other day, I realized that I had not heard them all day. I climbed up to see - gone. There are fresh claw marks on the post nearby. Owl? Bobcat? :(

I'll keep my fingers crossed for the possible road runner babies.

4 comments:

Ticket Bu™ said...

Very cool. We get Robin's nests every year and the kids love to watch them lay eggs and the eggs hatch, but this little guy is way more fun! I'll cross my fingers for them too.

FairiesNest said...

How cool is that?! I'd love to see a roadrunner one day.

MuddyFeet said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw my first roadrunner. I thought they would be at least a LITTLE bigger! Very cool that one set up house in your tree - we only see them running across a road every so often.

K said...

This is what you get for living out on the people-fringes. Real life. Bobcats and missing baby birds. Dang. But also roadrunners in the trees. Love the picture you took - what a great shape they have, sitting. You hardly ever see that.