Me: "That's not that weird if you've not really spent much time birding the southwest."
Dude: "You think we have a chance of seeing one today?"
Me: "I never really count on seeing a Roadrunner, I just kind of run into them while I'm driving somewhere. I mean, we may see one, but it's all just kind of luck, you know?"
Cut to several hours later...
Me (driving): "Roadrunner!"
Me: "We just passed it on the side of the road."
Wheels squeal as we turn around...
Me: "It just ran under that fence, out of sight. Did you see it?"
Dude: "Yea, definitely."
Me: "Badass. Wish we could have had better looks."
Cut to 90 seconds later...
Me: "Dude, there's another."
Dude: "There are three of them!"
Me: "Holy shit, dude! Look at them all out in the open, not giving a fuck!"
|Crest raised, tail cocked. These fuckers kill rattlesnakes by bashing them against rocks. No lie. Fucking metal.|
|Postocular streak of blue and red bare skin. Does life get better than this? And goddamn; look at the pattern on the crest.|
|As I've pointed out with sparrows and longspurs, the backs of birds are undervalued. Look at that shit.|
|I love everything about this bird. Next time you see one, pull over and look at it. It will change your life.|
|Rufous-crowned Sparrow - another under appreciated bird of the southwest. In addition to looking exactly like a Rufous-crowned Sparrow, the black lateral throat stripe is diagnostic.|
So, yea. That's how you see a Greater Roadrunner.