Meep Meep? Or Beep Beep?

Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

This Road Runner showed up on the back fence of our yard here in Carlsbad this afternoon.

Road Runner in our Carlsbad backyard

I always think of the Road Runner as being a desert bird, as we often have seen them in the California desert on our visits. And I think fondly of my fave cartoon character from many years ago. Guess I still enjoy the Road Runner winning out over Wile E. Coyote.

This fellow hung around for quite a while, took some time to preen himmself (or herself?) before hopping down and running across the cul-de-sac to the neighbor's house.


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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

When I moved to Arizona in the late 70's, I was amazed when I first saw a Road Runner.   Of course, that silly cartoon came immediately to mind.

It is "Meep Meep".

Apr 01, 2011 04:34 PM #3
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


He sure is a distinctive funny looking critter.

Apr 01, 2011 04:37 PM #4
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


He sure is a distinctive funny looking critter.

Apr 01, 2011 04:38 PM #5
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Ouch, I actually thhought that Road Runner is just the name of the  company providing broadband. Never even thought that there is a real bird called this. 

Apr 01, 2011 04:39 PM #6
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
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Great picture. It took me back to visits to my grandparents in Yuma, Arizona where we saw the all the time. I don't think I've seen one in person for a good 30 years.


Apr 01, 2011 04:50 PM #7
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I don't know much about Road Runners, except for what I see in cartoons!  :-)

Apr 01, 2011 05:01 PM #8
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Ah Jeff ... you gotta love Jon ... in such an innocent comment he says a mouthful:  Sometimes things are so "common" to us and those around us ... we just presume that everyone is on the same page!  Great photo that lead to a powerful insight!  Thanks ...

Apr 01, 2011 05:05 PM #9
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Jeff,

we are showing our age, where Jon thinks of a broad band, we think beep beep, cartoon time.

Great picture, better memories.

Apr 01, 2011 05:30 PM #10
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Birds in all of their variety are amazing. But first came the egg.

Apr 01, 2011 05:34 PM #11
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Jeff...Neat Photo, you certainly caught the moment. Who would have guessed you'd find a Road Runner. Like you I remember the Cartoon Road Runner

Apr 01, 2011 06:00 PM #12
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA -

Hi Jeff, How big is a road runner in real life? I remember the cartoon character as being quite big

Apr 01, 2011 06:39 PM #13
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It has been a LONG time since I've seen a roadrunner in person.  Just as long as you don't see a coyote with packages of dynamite I guess everything is alright! :)

Apr 02, 2011 12:50 AM #14
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hi Jeff.. How cool ! I have a dove that has nested in one of my hanging baskets that I did not take down..She is hatching her eggs..everyday sometimes several times a day I peek out at her..Always brings me a feeling of inner peace;;:0)


Apr 02, 2011 04:51 AM #15
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

I don't know that i have ever seen one in person!  pretty kewl...and I would agree.....Meep Meep!!  Loved that cartoon!

Apr 02, 2011 06:03 AM #16
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Jeff I have never seen a real Road Runner around here, but I did watch all of the cartoons, and it was Meep Meep :)

Apr 02, 2011 06:10 AM #17
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That is so funny.  Never realized what they look like in real life.

Apr 02, 2011 08:34 AM #18
Rhonda Patterson, Broker/Owner, Waterfront and Preferred Homes,

BEAUTIFUL! I believe this is the first picture of one I've ever seen, and I've never seen one in person.

We have lots of beautiful birds here along the Gulf Coast of Florida. We consistently see Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks and Roseate Spoonbills in our neighborhood, just to name a few of the many species we see here. Last spring I watched a Great Horned Owl fledge out two babies from a nest she stole from the ospreys. Last night I watched a Hummingbird feed on the Mexican Petunias in our front yard, and I hope it comes back - but not when my Lilly Kitty is outside watching it like she was last night. Bad Kitty - my little huntress.

Apr 02, 2011 08:56 AM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for all the comments. It was really fun to see this guy (or gal) hop up on the fence. For those who asked, this critter is about 2 feet long from beak to tip of tail and they really CAN run. But they don't say Meep Meep or Beep Beep, at least from what I can tell.

I loved Jon's comment - I had never seen a Road Runner myself until I moved to the West Coast, but I never even thought of the broadband. LOL


Apr 03, 2011 01:39 PM #20
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

What a tail!  I don't think I have ever seen one, except for that famous cartoon as well :)

Apr 03, 2011 02:51 PM #21
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Jeff...I have an affinity for the Rod Runner also, cartoon character that is as I've never seen a real one.


Apr 04, 2011 07:04 AM #22
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