Monday, May 24, 2010

On the Road to Portal

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Roadrunner on my block wall 5-15-10

I took this picture of a Roadrunner as it ran along my garden wall on May 15. The shot was taken through my kitchen window on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We’ve been having lots of sunshine here lately with temperatures ranging from highs in the 90’s down to today’s high in  the 70’s.  I woke up freezing this morning and jumped in my new hot tub first thing just to warm up! It’s suppose to be cool again tonight and tomorrow and then the 90’s return.  We still haven’t hit 100 degrees yet this year, but I know it is coming!

I feel a bit like this Roadrunner lately.  It seems like I am always on the go. By the time most of you will be reading this I will be on my way to Portal, AZ and Cave Creek Canyon where I will meet Donna Simonetti and Bosque Bill for 36 hours of high speed birding.  If all goes well I’ll come home with new friendships, 8-10 lifers and tons of great pictures and, of course, more birding stories. I’ll keep you all posted via this blog or my Facebook page! Until then, have a great day watching birds, ‘cause Birds are Everywhere!

For those of you interested in statistics, my Life List for Cochise County, AZ is currently at 110 species.  It was only 82 at the start of this year. My Year List for Cochise county is 77 species. I have only birded in Cochise County twice so far this year. I will update these statistics when I return! Portal and Cave Creek Canyon are both in Cochise County.

13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Kathie, it is a great shot from your window. I love the road runner and someday I hope to see one in person.

Roy said...

That is such a strange looking bird.
Kathie you need to slow down a bit.{:)

Arija said...

Roadrunners make me laugh although I have never seen a live one. Great capture! You must have really quick reflexes.

Thank you Kathie for your very kind thoughts for me, friends like you keep my spirits up.

Happy birding!!!

bobbie said...

Wonderful roadrunner shot. He looks just like the cartoon. What an odd bird.

Gaelyn said...

Love the roadrunner. Have fun in Portal, it is beautiful country. It is almost as far north as my winter home but further east.

sweet bay said...

Fantastic picture of the Roadrunner! I've seen one once, on one of our trips out west when I was a kid.

Idaho Birder said...

I miss Roadrunners, but I don't miss the block walls between homes. I remember seeing them running along the block fence walls, sometimes with a lizard in their beak.

KatNell said...

Kathie, have a great time. I look forward to your next post with wonderful pictures!

Denise said...

What a great photo of your Roadrunner. I saw one on a visit to Joshua Tree Park not too far from the entrance. He was so far away though I didn't really get a good look but now I know what he looks like up close. Thanks Kathie and have a great trip.

Margaret Cloud said...

What a great shot of the Road Runner, I also would like to see one in person. He reminds me of the cartoon "Road Runner", one of my sons favorite.

forestal said...

wonderful photo - good luck on the speed birding.

dan

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Oh, we can't wait to hear what you see and experience. Lisa and I had such a magical time there. Good luck!
W

Naturegirl said...

Kathie is has been a delight to come by and see memories and scenes of AZ.I have NOT been there for over a year. Did not get there this year because of my cancer treatment.
Loved the variety of birds the great-horned owl chicks was my favorite!The image of the owl soaring was stunning!Great capture!
The last few days we have experienced +30C and boy oh boy I can't imagine the heat that you expereince in your world!!
Have FUN birding..I'm sure you'll capture a few winning photos!hugs