Road encounter

Road encounter

As I first started my way east along the Farm Loop, I saw some movement along the side of the road.  A roadrunner skimpered away from the shoulder of the road and into the bushes.  But as I continued down the road, I saw him in my rear view mirror back along the shoulder of the road again.  I pulled over, grabbed my tripod and camera, and walked back along the road.  Surprisingly, he not only let me approach me, but eventually worked his way down the road, passing me along the way. 

I am going to have to do some research about road runner behavior to understand what he was doing.  He wold make his way along the road, then stop and look into the bushes.  After a few seconds, he would puff out his feathers and sometimes chat into the bushes.  My guess is that he is looking for some love.  I would think it would be a bit early for that, but, hey, it is Valentine’s Day.  He simply kept repeating the behavior over and over, until he disappeared along a side maintenance road in the refuge. 

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