Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Long Run


Click on photo for a larger view.

There are a lot of extraordinary birds around here, but the roadrunners are in a class of their own. We're on the northern edge of their range, and we don't see them often, but occasionally one will go sprinting through the yard.  It seems they'd rather run than fly.

A few summers ago, there was a roadrunner at Don's office for four days.  Most of the bird's time was spent in front of the glass door, admiring his spiky hair and wild yellow eyes, and when visitors would come, the bird would run off with a growl.  He didn't seem at all frightened, just disgruntled that someone was disturbing his mirror time.

We saw the one pictured about a week ago on a balmy afternoon.  I've thought about him since then on frigid nights, and hope he's found a warm shelter.  Alternately, he could go south, but in this winter of crazy weather, it would be a long run from here to a warmer climate.

Then again, maybe they do this once every four years, sorta like a Roadrunner Olympics.





29 comments:

pens and needles said...

They are such funny, interesting and personable birds! One lives near our farm's headquarters, and he seems curious about people. We just cannot get too close. He's wary but also interested. I, too, have wondered about him in the frigid winter. He comes out on warm days -- wonder where he holes up on the colder ones?

Nancy said...

He certainly is an interesting looking character and sounds like he has quite the personality to go with it....

Karen said...

What a neat bird to see. You got a great shot of him!

Andrea said...

I am green with jealousy ... I love the Roadrunner, but have never seen one. I don't live anywhere near where they live and the few times I have been in an area where I could see one, they weren't around.
I do understand his interest in the window though. Our cardinals will attach their reflections beause they think it is an intruder. So maybe your little guy thought he was seeing a mate ... In any case, I love your pictures.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Dave said...

Just brilliant..... both the bird and the image, lovely.

TexWisGirl said...

i love these guys. one ran thru our yard here in NE Tx just the other day. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love these crazy guys! The Mexican name for them, we were told, is Paisano, which means fellow traveler. Since we saw our first one while on our first long RV trip, that has always been special to us!

Gail Dixon said...

They are such beautiful and interesting birds. You took a wonderful portrait of this one!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

S. Etole said...

He blends right in with his surroundings. A fun photo.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous shot of the roadrunner. I love the roadrunner cartoons.

Lui said...

What a handsome creature! No wonder he is more preoccupied with vanity than his security ;-)

Lisa Gordon said...

I've never actually seen one, Connie!
They are such interesting birds, and how fortunate you were to be able to photograph one.

eileeninmd said...

Cool, I love the Roadrunners. One of my favorite birds. Great shot!

Christian Weiß said...

Great birds, he will find a warm place.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shot of this odd little bird.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I didn't know the roadrunner came this far north. This is one reason I love blogs, I learn something new every day!

thewovenspoke said...

They are really neat, we have one that makes at least one or more trips thru our yard every day. They have such an interesting call.

Brian King said...

Fantastic shot! I saw some many years ago while in Texas. Very cool birds!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Delightful, oh to see one of the close up. Ha ha I saw one running years ago and it was running far away. Sigh!

Gordon said...

This is the first time I have ever seen a Road Runner on any blog before, great shot.
All the best Gordon.

Adam Jones said...

Excellent shot and superb bird. Really nice.

bettyl-NZ said...

What a beauty this one is! Great shot.

pattisjarrett said...

I give this one the gold medal for the Roadrunner Olympics! I've never seen one in real life since I live in the Mid-Atlantic states. Thanks for sharing yours, and it's nice to meet you, Connie.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Truly beautiful and interesting bird.. Love it.. :-)))

Jen said...

They do indeed, prefer to run. I usually see them running along the highway and they are fast!

myponderings said...

What a unique looking and beautiful bird they are. Great shot.

Jennifer Richardson said...

So funny:)
I've never met one in person,
just seen and heard stories.
I wonder at a bird that'd rather
run than fly.....such a sense of humor our brilliant creator has:)
Thanks for sharing the beauty
around you,
Jennifer

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

He is quite handsome