Roadrunner revs it up

On the Trail


It’s not the most common sight to witness—a ground bird high atop a boulder. But there it was, a roadrunner perched on the edge of a rock the size of a Mini Cooper.

Maybe the bird wasn’t used to heights or had made a poor landing, for it stood at an awkward tilting angle. Its long tail quivered as if for balance, and a breeze ruffled the rakish crest on its head.

The roadrunner was on a rock in my friend’s desert garden in Trancas Canyon, a fitting setting for the species.

When I s...

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