A few days ago we were lucky enough to enjoy photos of a newborn whitetail fawn sent in by Alan Disney. This time he’s sharing shots of something few in Wichita have seen.
Disney at first thought he was maybe seeing a skinny pheasant or small turkey in his backyard near Auburn Hills. Then realized he was looking out the window at a roadrunner.
He got this shot of the bird standing not far from his window. The other shot shows it moving across his backyard, much to the dislike of a crow.
From reports I get from outdoorsmen, birders and biologists it appears roadrunners are becoming more common across the southern one-fourth of Kansas.
They’re far from rare in the Red Hills west of Medicine Lodge all the way to the Colorado border. Noted bird authority Max Thompson saw one recently in his Winfield yard. Several winters ago he had several reports of one in several locations in Winfield.
Three years ago friends west of Newton had one come into their yard every evening for a week. I saw the pics and it was definitely a roadrunner.
Two were recently seen in a cemetery near Great Bend.
Jerrod once got a good look at one south of Matfield Green in Chase County.
They’re cool birds. Some I’ve seen have been every bit as funny as the one of cartoon fame.
Heading in to Buster’s in Sun City to eat one day Mark Dugan and I noticed one trotting beside his truck as we pulled from a stop sign. When Mark would speed-up the roadrunner would speed-up. When Mark stopped, the bird stopped, too.
Stopping to open a gate during a building blizzard in Comanche County one afternoon I looked over and saw a roadrunner standing under a cedar tree only a few feet away. The look was pure, “What the heck are you doing out in this kind of weather?”
I’ve had several friends hear a knocking on their window or sliding-glass door and found it to be a roadrunner pecking on a window.
My favorite story, though, comes from a friend who often saw one in his yard north of Coldwater. The bird seemed to delight in running by when my friend got home and almost always was carrying something in its beak.
One night the bird came hustling by with a cigarette butt dangling from the corner of its beak. Pretty comical animals.
Great shots, Alan. Thanks again for sharing.