Friday, February 5, 2016

Geococcyx californianus

Got another critter who has made TFL his home.  Now all I need is a pet coyote.  48,61,31,0,B

21 comments:

Smack Mama said...

On all my trips to Texas I never saw a roadrunner. But I saw plenty of armadillos sleeping on the side of the road with their legs straight up in the air.

Larry G said...

surprised you don't see coyotes... we have them here in Virginia

Janet said...

We had "Rudy" the road runner and his wife living on the north side of us last spring. They have the strangest mating call.

Sam Finn said...

Word is getting out ... TFL is the place to go.

Dizzy-Dick said...

We used to have them around here on my place, but since civilization sprung up all around my property, I don't see any anymore.

Margery Bills said...

Dizzy-Dick, civilization sprung up all around my property sure is right. And one of the old-timers here told what she thought about the caliber of these new people around me. They are coming from everywhere for all different reasons-and some not so good.

Margery Bills said...

There are cayote dogs in San Antonio and I visited with an exceptional wolf dog (her dad was grand champion of AK). But wolf would overpower cayote. So when I saw the proud owner of a tough cayote dog, I quietly turned around and went home with my Shepherd dog (wolf).

Margery Bills said...

I am not allowed to have a wolf here so I do not.

Margery Bills said...

Mexico was trying to preserve the wolf and I saw 2 gray wolves here at night 20 years ago and fox and cayote too but not anymore.

Margery Bills said...

That is an absolutely beautiful picture of the bird, John. I saw one at Big Bend and was elated to see an Elk at night. Poor old soul must have escaped death by living on a ranch.

Don said...
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Don said...

Roadrunner good, will keep rats and snakes down. Coyote not so good, eats chickens. Coyote can't catch roadrunner though...heh.

Don

Stuart said...

Roadrunner sound, hold the end of a flat wooden ruler at the edge of a table then pluck the free end. Hunted south Texas years ago. I enjoy the sound of coyotes. The yell of the cougar will make the hair stand up on your neck. I like to hear the sound of quail calling in the morning. My wife and grand daughter get tickled when my call gets answers from the quail. Ah, the memories when the old hard drive kicks in.

Ronald Mahan said...

We hear coyotes every night at our Mahan Hunt Cabin - but seldom see them. I believe they stop by for a drink of water from our two guzzlers - attached to our water catchment system. Of course roadrunners, and the more tasty birds - like doves & quail also visit during the day. Just about all the Terlingua Ranch wildlife - including deer & javelinas - will visit your property on regular basis - after you install a water catchment and guzzler. About the only animal we have not seen on our property is the reclusive mountain lion. In fact, we have only seen one large mountain lion - hunting prey during a drought - near the Cedar Springs Creek. -- Moral of this tale. If you like to photograph or hunt wildlife - simply install a water catchment & guzzler on your property. WATER IS THE GOLD STANDARD FOR ATTACTING WILDLIFE! Cheers - Ron Mahan

Rita B. said...

coyotes probably don't want to cross any of those burros. and we sure don't want coyotes messing with Ben.

VirginiaMan said...

Beep-Beep

Margery Bills said...

The engineers I worked for in Laredo years ago were very up set and warned me NO when the coyotes came in looking for water and I was cornering and calling one thinking it was a dog. (It turned and ran). It had the most intelligent intense dark brown eyes and was beautiful yellow.

pamit said...

Gorgeous photo John!

Stuart said...

Ron, I agree with your comments. Like the guy from Canada, I visited the Big Bend area for the first time in 1956. I was 10 years old at the time. Few paved roads at the time.

Yes, cheers for all of us that have heard thunder many times.....

Larry G said...

Have paddled the Rio Grande twice - from Lajitas to Dryden Station. Need to come back and finish the land part of the visit.!!



MountainManMike said...

Funny you mention that John, I have lived in Texas almost my whole life and I have seen more roadrunners this year. I bet I seen 20 of them here in central Texas.