I Love Roadrunners

A group for those who marvel at Roadrunners. The real bird in our world.

Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Comment by Jim Camp on June 23, 2009 at 10:57pm
My friend I work with came in to telling me a story yesterday. He and his wife were sitting on their back patio having dinner. A Roadrunner came sneaking up in their back yard, jumped up on their block wall. Ran along the top of the wall and then flew up into a tree and snatched a little yellow finch (or something like it) out of the tree. My friend's wife went into shock...they'd never seen anything like it. She jumped up hoping to get the Roadrunner to drop it's prey but the Road Runner made its great escape. I'm not sure my friend's wife was able to finish her chicken dinner. I laughed my @$$ off when my friend told me the story. We spent about an hour looking them up on the internet to see what else the eat. Roadrunners are so cool!
Comment by Jim Camp on June 19, 2009 at 6:09pm
Hi everyone, I'm knew to Duke City Fix. I think Roadrunners are the coolest birds ever! Here's one that makes it's rounds through my yard every now and then.

Comment by Ben Moffett on June 13, 2009 at 11:21am
Roadrunner Lady,
I'm sorry I've been so long in replying to your query about the newest model of dove we have in Albuquerque. They are beautiful, but aggressive and I fear they will out compete the mourning and white wing doves. I'm particularly concerned about the mourning dove which has been getting more competition further north with the movement to the north by the whitewings, for more than a decade now.
I never saw a white wing north of Sevilleta NWR until the 1990s and now they are everywhere.
Comment by Ben Moffett on June 7, 2009 at 10:32am
The two roadrunners who spent the winter in my yard seem to be nesting elsewhere. I haven't seen them in more than a month, despite a yard brimming with birds. The juncos fled when fresh seed began to mature elsewhere, and maybe the roadrunners followed them. They loved to pounce on the juncos from the cover of old zinnia stalks where the juncos feasted on seed. I'm just as glad because I enjoy my toads, too, and I have a yard full of them, who benefit from the bugs that come to the solar-powered night lights (14 of them scattered over the yard next to likely shelters). I've seen the roadrunners pound them on the concrete, and it's a worse death than water-boarding, I'm sure. It's been a good summer for birds, however. I think I have three hummer nests on my 1 1/4 acres. Mockingbirds and Say's Phoebes are picking grasshoppers off from their fencetop perches (Yes, Bosque Bill, I put up snag perches but they are not using them). I have both mourning and white wing doves and those Eurasian monsters, not as many starlings as usual. I have red-winged blackbirds in singing distance, but the wonder this year is the number of yellow swallowtail butterfies. I swear they get bigger every year. We have black swallow tails, too, and a perfect set up for them covering their entire life cycle. Rue plants to feed their caterpillars, a neighbor's mimosa to feed the adults in the spring, tons of flowers, including zinnias, for them in the fall, wet, sandy soil for their moisture needs.
Comment by ABQSkippy on May 2, 2009 at 9:39pm
My neighborhood birdies are back!!

Comment by Robert M on April 16, 2009 at 2:55pm
This guy decided to give me a visit today, and even cooperated enough for me to take some photos of him.

Comment by John on April 12, 2009 at 2:24pm
Good idea for a group! I gotta say, roadrunners are some of the smartest birds I've ever seen in my life. I've actually seen them wait for cars to pass before crossing the road. That's gotta be pretty smart for a bird (heck, I think we can say they're smarter than dogs there).

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