Curious Roadrunner at Sonoran Desert Lodging

Mr. Roadrunner has created quite a stir at our Tucson Arizona Bed & Breakfast Inn.  He flies through the wooden grill near our front gate into the enclosed courtyard and drinks from the fountain there.  He then hunts for moths and bugs which have collected during the night, drawn by the inside lights.  Guests love to watch him clean up the windowsill as they are eating breakfast in the dining area.  Of course as soon as they go to get their cameras, he often scoots away.

roadrunner at Hacienda del Desierto B & B, Tucson, AZHe also likes to watch as outdoor work is being done, as if to supervise the task.  He wants to know what is going on in “his” territory.

Arizona Roadrunners nest in the cactus and among scrubby Sonoran desert shrubs and bushes and seek refuge in higher areas if being chased or hunted.  The bird doesn’t fly high like other birds but gets his name from racing across roads in front of cars, reaching a speed of 15 miles per hour.  His speed also helps protect him from predators in the desert.

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