Although the Roadrunner is called the "signature bird of the desert Southwest", we don't see them all that often in 29 Palms. When we do see them, they tend to be kind of skittish, and they are very fast, so quite the challenge from a photography point-of-view. So we were suprised to not only see a roadrunner last Sunday morning, but to see it on our patio! As we rushed for our cameras, my first thought was "why bother... he's going to be long gone"! But another surprise... he was hanging around and going right up to our sliding glass door as if he wanted to come in the house! At first we thought he might be injured, and then a really funny thing happened: Lap Dog Knits went out on the patio and the roadrunner headed straight for her! It was weird, and it kind of freaked her out. She surmised that this particular roadrunner must have been someone's pet, and that "someone" must have looked a lot like her!! We all had a good laugh... check out this post: A few suggestions... My wife named him "Randy" the Roadrunner.
We put out water and different kinds of food to attract Randy (bread... not interested; bird seed... not interested; fruit... no; meatball from last night's spaghetti dinner... bingo)!! As it turned out, food didn't seem necessary to attract this roadrunner. I think Randy would have come right in the house if we let him!
|Man in Black letting "Randy" the Roadrunner get to know him!|
|Randy was very curious...|
|And very photogenic!! Check out that spiky hairdo!|
|Funny how sometimes Randy's spiky hair is up, and other times down.|