Roadrunner in Her Nest

AND . . . here she is!

roadrunner in nest for blog

There is a clickable at the top of the site, right under the picture of Dorrie Anne in the woods near Flagstaff that says ANIMALS SPOTTED. That’s where I write about the animals that we see in our backyard, or wherever we happen to be. I haven’t been keeping up with it, because everyday it is pretty much the same thing about the roadrunner nest. Mama is sitting on it, and Pops brings a beak full of goodies now and then. Sometimes it is additional nesting material, and sometimes it looks like a tasty morsel of some sort. There isn’t much in the way of bugs around here, so not sure what they are finding to eat.

Can’t really tell which is the male and which is the female, and we’ve read that they both sit on the nest, so I don’t REALLY know if this is a portrait of Mama Roadrunner or Papa Roadrunner, but they are both “running” their little tails off, having built the nest, presumably produced some eggs, and now sitting quietly in the “confinement” period.

The nest was built within a huge bushy hedge that is at the edge of our deck. It is actually so perfect – I don’t think any of the other resident animals could get in there, not even a cat. There are ringtails and foxes around here, but tempting as the roadrunner eggs would be to them, I don’t think they would be able to get through the thicket to the nest. We can see it from our deck, but from the other side, even knowing where it is, I cannot see it.

There must be some sort of warning signal that is given out that this area is off limits to other birds, though, because there formerly were any number of itinerant birds of all sizes that would come and go from there during the day. Particularly, there was a mockingbird that would come in the late afternoon every day and go through his entire repertoire for us while we took “Tea on the Verandah”.

The nest has been continuously occupied now for about two weeks, and every morning and every afternoon I have made it a point to go out to talk to the bird to get her accustomed to us. I haven’t felt comfortable with getting close enough to take a picture until now. My first attempt, from much further away, resulted in the camera focusing on the lattice work around the deck, while blurring the bird completely. I got brave and got a bit closer this morning, and had limited success. She doesn’t usually have her mouth open like that; she usually just sits quietly and stares at me when we have our morning and afternoon chats, but today she opened her beak. No noise – just open.

I hope we are lucky enough to see the cheepers when they are hatched! ;->


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16 Responses to Roadrunner in Her Nest

  1. Bev says:

    What a neat capture! Love it! The roadrunner that has been coming around here in the mornings has had a lizard in his beak every time except one. The first day he knocked at the window, he had a baby bird in his mouth. Mostly the lizards are fairly small, but the last time I saw him he had a large one! If you have lots of lizards around, those are probably his main diet. Again, great shot…. even with the blurry branch in the foreground. I think it adds to the sense of how well hidden the nest is.


    • judilyn says:

      Apparently roadrunners are omnivores, so the baby bird was probably not unusual. Gary saw one spear a sparrow one afternoon – it totally blew him away. We had no idea they are “spear hunters”!


  2. Clanmother says:

    This is so exciting….


  3. Boy oh boy, what a great shot. I love the notch on the lower beak that fits exactly the end of the top beak. I can’t wait to see more of the adults and then the babies. You know about the Annual Roadrunner Photo Contest, don’t you? I won last year, but you’ll be able to get a lot better photos, I’m sure, for this year. πŸ™‚


    • judilyn says:

      We are very thrilled with having this nest right under our noses! I submitted my other roadrunner blog picture to Mike when you first told me about the contest. The judging is on my birthday, so I’m hoping that will be good luck for me.


  4. Camilla says:

    She looks like sheis getting ready to peck your eyes out!! Wooooooooooo! ;c)


  5. Shirley Nordenberg says:

    Judi You take such wonderful pictures Loved this one of the bird. Have you seen the Ringtailed cat?? Tea on your porch soon??


    • judilyn says:

      Haven’t seen the ringtail at this house, but I like to think he is lurking about somewhere nearby. Today we had cows aplenty. When can you come for tea?


  6. dreamjosie says:

    Although admittedly not the best picture, given the circumstances, a nice catch. It will certainly be fun to watch the action. Hope they have babies.

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  7. IRENA says:

    What an awesome neat photo! Wish all the best to the little ones… till then enjoy your twice a day little chats with her!


    • judilyn says:

      We’ve heard some cooing noises – sounds like pigeons far away. Not sure if it was coming from the nest or not. The nest is only a few feet from my kitchen window, but fairly deep in a thorny hedge that is about fifteen feet tall and probably six feet thick, and as wide as our deck. Don’t know if baby roadrunners make peeping sounds when awaiting food, but haven’t heard any such thing. The parents have been making more trips to the back open area to acquire hapless lizards that they bring back to the nest.


  8. Liz says:

    The photo looks fabulous what an interesting place you live in!


  9. judilyn says:

    It is pretty diverse – not how you might picture a desert.


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