A pair of Roadrunners built a nest in a prickly pear cactus in my yard and I observed the entire process from nest building to incubating the eggs to feeding the chicks and finally the fledging of all five. The eggs are laid every other day and the eggs hatch accordingly. This chick is about 18 days old and ready to leave the nest.
Lizard for lunch
A pair of roadrunners built a nest in our yard and I observed the entire process from nest building to raising and feeding the young. Five babies successfully fledged. Both parents tirelessly brought in lizards to feed the chicks. Lots of lizards. This is a Whiptail Lizard – and yes, the chicks swallow it whole, always head first, and the tail may stick out of the bill for awhile until the front part of the lizard digests.
A pair of Roadrunners built a nest in a prickly pear cactus in our yard and successfully raised five chicks. The nest was large, about four feet from ground level, and well situated so that the cactus pads shaded the babies most of the day.