The cactus in the desert surrounding Mesquite, Nv bloom in the Spring. For just a few weeks in the spring we are treated to a colorful display as the desert cactus reveals it's colorful blooms.
The roadrunner is a desert survivor. He adapts to the brutal heat by day and extreme cold at night. When spring arrives in the desert, the roadrunner knows it is time to mate and raise his family while the desert is teeming with life, providing him with a bountiful food supply for his mate and their young.
He hunts for food to offer morsels to a female to entice her to mate. He dances around her while she begs for food. After a short breeding session, he rewards her with the food.
The couple then collect the small sticks and brush to build their nest. The female is the builder, constructing their nest in a small tree or cactus.
She will lay up to a dozen white eggs over a 3 day period.
Another generation of roadrunners will be born, to repeat their parents courtship when the desert cactus blooms a year later.
photos compliments of Rob Lenthe @ RoboTours