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A Day At The Beach, Tucson Roadrunner Style

Roadrunner all fluffed up, sunning herself

Roadrunner on the golf courseOkay, so Arizona doesn't have much beachfront.  Not yet, anyhow...

The chilly (45 degree) early morning air had this roadrunner sunning herself just to warm up! Turning her back to the rising sun, she exposes her dark undercoat to soak up the rays.

It's an important part of her morning ritual, since breakfast can fight back!  Here's the menu:

  • rattlesnake
  • scorpion
  • tarantula
  • lizard

She's got to be all limber and warmed up to survive her meal!  Not to worry, though.  Lunch will be served on the golf course. 

It's a good life here in Tucson.  Plan to visit soon!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage lender.

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Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • January 19 2010 06:19AM


SO thats what a roadrunner looks like-pretty close to the old cartoon, if I remember correctly.

Thanks for the post-I learned something and thats what AR is supposed to be all about, right?

Posted by Lisa Schlitz, Realtor - Wellington, Florida Homes 561-214-3216 (Home Run Real Estate, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Beep! Beep! You didn't say it so I had to.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Fantastic photo as usual. 

I remember the adorable Wile E. Coyote, "Beep beep".

I'm always amazed at the unique photos you manage to get. 

I need to drive less and get out and walk more.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


What a menu.  Is that really what they eat? 

Fabulous photos of a very interesting creature. I would love to see one.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 11 years ago

Love the photo.  I did not know what a road runner really looked like.  Thanks.

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) almost 11 years ago

Interesting picture, they look a lot smaller then what I thought they would. 

Posted by Diane Williams almost 11 years ago


I think I'll stick to Wheaties for breakfast but sure wish I could warm up my undercoat in the sunshine!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 11 years ago

Even after living there for a few years, I was always amazed every time I saw a roadrunner.  It truly is a beautiful place to live.

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mike I guess it's her morning yoga ritual! No roadrunner vegetarians?

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Cool post and photos, Mike. They look a little different in West Texas; maybe because the green grass was not available during last Spring's drought.

Roadrunner in Rio Grande Village

Posted by Rich Bailey (WolfNet Technologies) almost 11 years ago

Here's a question. Do roadrunners fly? Here in Tennessee, we don't have roadrunners, but for years i had never seen a turkey fly, but they do.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago


Breakfast that can bite back is nothing. Roadrunner has to out run Willie Coyote and all those Acme devices!

Beep Beep

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 11 years ago

Great post.  Reminded me that there is more going on in the world than just work.  I need to take the time to stop and look arounf more.

Posted by Kyle Jan, Phoenix AZ Homes for Sale almost 11 years ago

so roadrunners really do exist - never saw a photo of one before!!! thanks for sharing!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Just one more reason to want to move to Tucson - sunning myself to warm up. 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


Nice photographs!  It does bring the old TV shows to mind.  And we think we have it tough every day to get some lunch?  

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

Nice photo -- they are interesting birds -- except when we have seen then gobble up baby birds -- last summer watched in horror as they gobbled up 4 tiny baby birds in about 1 minute !

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

I have never seen a roadrunner before thanks for sharing, can't say I like their menu...

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


Me neither!  LOL


Yep.  They do eat small birds, and not just the little babies when they can catch them.  They leap in the air to catch and eat other small birds such as sparrows, finches, etc.


I loved that cartoon!


Plan on it, and you'll get here!  This is a wonderful part of the world.


Yes they do!  Thanks for commenting.


I love Active Rain because it allows me to attract business and create new relationships by blogging about interesting things in the world around me.  See you on your blog.


I really appreciated your post this morning!


Yes, they do fly.  But they'd rather run.


Thanks for the photo!  He looks just like ours out here.  The one in the photo is just fluffed up ~ she has her feathers raised to expose the dark down that covers her skin.


Nope!  Just meat eaters.


You'll have to plan a vacation to your old stomping grounds while it's snowy there and warm here.


You can do that.  Southwest Airlines would be happy to oblige.


They're about two feet from beak to tail, but it's a long tail!


You're welcome.  See you on your blog.


It really is what they eat.  Click the link in the word "roadrunner" in the post to find out more.


Thanks for stopping by to comment!  With your beautiful property and gardens, I know I'd find a thousand things to photograph.


I knew someone would be first with the Beep Beep!  I'm glad it was you.


Don't they have them in Florida?  Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson


Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Meep Meep! We get roadrunners on our street on occasion and I live in the 'burbs'. Goddess Bless AZ. :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) almost 11 years ago

Great photos - I previously had a home in Havasu and used to see the roadrunners. They are so pretty!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 11 years ago


Great post, rattlesnake for breakfast, that's interesting.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 11 years ago

Howdy and Evenen Mike

I sure do like Roadrunners, they are so neat to watch. And rattlesnake and lizard are mighty mmm good.

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Posted by Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections, Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont (Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 11 years ago

I love these guys.  I have played golf in Blythe across the border in CA a few times and there is one guy there.  First one I ever saw.  They are funny birds.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 11 years ago

Too funny, Mike! They are such fun to watch - interesting little critters!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago

Mike, great photo!  We have them in St. George, they are cool to watch!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 11 years ago

Tony & Darcy,

I didn't know that!  Cool beans.


That they are!


They do love golf courses; they're sort of like an 18 hole buffet!


You're right about the rattlesnake and lizard... literally.  I've dined on both in my lifetime.


I come up with some interesting stuff from time to time...  LOL


So when are you moving back?


Meep Meep back at 'cha!  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Wow Mike!  Great shots!  I can't say that I've ever seen a roadrunner 'in person' but sure would like to!  Guess I'm gonna have to pad that Tuscon Trip envelope a little more!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

The bird is the word.


John Hurbon

Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) almost 11 years ago

I won't even say what I thought when I looked at the first photo.  I've never seen that, very cool catch.  I've tasted the rattle snack, can't remember if I have tried lizard, not even thinking about  the other two.  yuk!

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

Roadrunner, the coyote's after you!  Roadrunner, if he catches you, you're through!  Meep, meep! 



sorry, couldn't help it...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) almost 11 years ago

Love the roadrunners, especially since they eat tarantulas. Love the photos!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 11 years ago


I enjoyed the interaction via the chat room on Kent Simpson's Radio Blog.  It was good to see you there.


You could have if you had tried a little harder...  LOL


Hey, guy!  How's things in Benson?


Love your new venture!  Much Success!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

Oh, now I have the song playing over and over in my head!  *BEEP BEEP*

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 11 years ago

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