I moved to Arizona from Eugene, Oregon, also known as Track Town USA. Road runners were everywhere—streets, sidewalks, and trails. Funny that the collegiate athletes are called “Ducks.”
Here in Arizona, ducks are limited to rare wetlands in the desert. Roadrunners, on the other hand, thrive in the deserts and chaparral of the Southwest, and it is always a special treat to encounter this bizarre member of the cuckoo family.
I live in Granite Dells, a wonderland of granite outcrops with clearings (“dells”) nestled among the boulders and peaks. This is roadrunner country. Continue reading