Roadrunner

Zanjero Park

We heard there were burrowing owls at Zanjero Park, so we decided to take our morning walk there in hopes of seeing them. We met a photographer on the trail who said two pairs were nesting in the far back corner.

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They were living in man-made burrows made from pipes set back about twenty feet from the trail.

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As we continued around the loop, we found this one in the inside area.

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There were tons of bees in these flowers but it was the strangest thing – we never saw any bees come out of the flowers.

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The bees had to go quite deep for the nectar. Kind of like a venus flytrap I think.

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The bush was covered with blooms and bees.

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We went around a couple of times and caught this beauty.

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Just as I was shooting the owl, a quick movement caught my eye. Lucky me to have this roadrunner walk right up and check us out. I could count on two hands how many roadrunners I’ve seen in the Phoenix area, but never this close and never with camera at the ready.

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Then it trotted off, looking high and low for some lunch.

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Then it disappeared into the tumbleweeds. I am so lucky.

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Nearby, the farmer was discing his furrows with San Tan Mountains in the background.

 

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