A good friend of mine is an avid bird watcher and amateur photographer and lucky me, I get to receive and share his photos
Today I thought I'd share information on a bird seen regularly throughout our Tucson , Arizona region. The Roadrunner.
I can't say I've seen them running down the road, or outsmarting a Wyle E. coyote, but I've certainly seen them darting bush to bush.
Roadrunners live in arid climates are quite adaptable to Southwestern United States and Mexico. Amazingly, roadrunners do not have to drink water. They get all the hydration they need from their diet -- can you imagine? Guess those little lizards are full of water...
Though the Roadrunner can fly, you generally see them on the ground, hunting for insects, small reptiles, eggs, seeds...even rattlesnakes!! And these buggers are fast, running up to 20 mph!!
A little known fact - they are in the cuckoo bird family. I don't think I've ever heard them make a noise--unlike our area woodpeckers and doves!
Next time you see a roadrunner, figure you've got good luck coming your way. According to Native American lore, Roadrunners symbolize courage, strength and endurance, and are nicknamed "medicine birds".