Urban Roadrunner

We’ve seen coyotes on the prowl in our neighborhood, mostly at night of course, and sometimes they’d even pass through our backyard, even though we’re surrounded by other houses. A roadrunner in our suburban environment is pretty strange though.

He landed on the fence right by the window of Shuwen’s office, she yelled “biiiiiiird!”, I ran to take a look. It was this guy – a roadrunner! He fluttered down onto the ground and I managed to grab the camera, put the 200-500mm lens on, and was able to get his picture before he moved on, disappearing into the shrubs in the neighbor’s yard:

You can see that its beak is somewhat anomalous – the lower part is longer, and I have no idea what that would be called (underbite? retrognathism? in a bird?) and how common it is. Maybe because of this, he found it easier to chase the lazy lizards and numerous hummingbirds in our suburbs, plucking them from people’s feeders as a meal (video – the roadrunner is already in the frame when it starts, at the bottom and right of the feeder’s pole).

Unlike the coyotes though, we have not seen him again in the neighborhood.

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