Greater Roadrunner Nesting on Aircompressor

by Cindy
(Hgh Desert Mtns So. Cal.)

The Greater Roadrunner

The Greater Roadrunner

Now this is something almost no-one gets the opportunity to see! A Roadrunner, nesting near our garage in the cabinet surrounding our Air-compressor! Usually Doves will try and nest there, almost every year.


My Husband walked up to the compressor to turn it on.. seeing the twigs that were behind it and above.. but thinking there was nothing in it, he proceeded to do just that, turn it on.

Then and there a Roadrunner came flying out of the nest right at him and scared him half to death! Those birds are BIG.

Well that was the end of this machines use until all the family are born and gone! He'll have to use his portable from now on, until she is through with her family.

She gets back up there and steadily stays on it, incubating her eggs. My Husband and grandkids are in that area all the time, he working and them playing. But they keep a certain distance from her. She hasn't seemed to mind at all.

As I was taking a picture of her in the nest, which is so very deep and big,(but you cant tell by the picture) she got out of the nest, came down withing a few feet from me to sun her back, and then got back in her nest. Giving me a chance to take some pictures.

The incubation period is anywhere from 16 to 20 days and I have my calendar marked! This is so exciting!

I wish I could put more than one picture on here! I have never seen a Roadrunner's nest until now! And I can't wait to see pictures of the babies when they first hatch.

She certainly is in a safe place, that's for sure! Watch for the next article with the heading of: "The Greater Roadrunner on her nest!"

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May 16, 2010
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about the continuing story in pictures
by: Karyn

I have seen other entries in this blog area, where are more than one picture, even videos (Robins). Can you try to put more pictures in this blog? Hope so. This is something I would like to see. I live in California, no Roadrunners around here.

May 06, 2010
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Greater Roadrunnr Nesting on Aircompressor
by: Jacqueline

Thank you so much for sharing your fotos of the mother Roadrunner nesting in your Aircompressor.

The eggs look bigger then one would expect and so perfectly formed.

Some of us have never even seen a Roadrunner. This is so much fun. Please keep up the with the continuing story. My family and I are enjoying learning about your mama Roadrunner and can't wait to see these eggs hatch.

May 03, 2010
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Delightful!
by: Anonymous

Thank you Jeffery and Marrianne!
This is all so exciting to us. Of course we respect her being there. We are all being so careful. I am just so excited to see the babies when they hatch. I've seen young Fledglings before.. but never newborns.

Gene has tried to explain to me how to get on photo bucket.. so that I can keep the story going.. but I am not sure how to do that.. and how to get onto Photobucket. I'm going to try though.

You should have seen the HUGE Lizard she caught for her self and got back up there to swallow! I have pics of that too. Although some might get a bit squeamish, seeing that!

I want to show follow up pictures.. so I will try and learn what to do on Photobucket. Its just such a rare occurrence, I want to share with everyone!
Cindy T

May 02, 2010
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Delightful
by: Geoffrey Campbell

I am both delighted and moved by your story, your family's kindness and your husband's sacrifice for this little Roadrunner family. Wish we all could see your other photos. :)

May 02, 2010
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Roadrunner Nest
by: Marianne

Wow!! I've seen roadrunners all my life but never a nest. How wonderful for you - sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck to all of you

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