Date: 7/7/20 10:23 am
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Roadrunners in Ulistac? ID requested
Could it be a quail or a pheasant or a peafowl or a young turkey?

—Brooke Miller

> On Jul 7, 2020, at 8:40 AM, George <georgec...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Chris
>
> We’re familiar with the Northern Mockinbird from our backyard and other locations. We did see many while at Ulistac. The bird for identification was much larger than a Robin or Mockingbird and more the size of a small (Kauai’i size) chicken. We did later see both a Mockingbird and possible Roadrunner on a path at the same time. The Roadrunner was clearly larger, ran much differently and faster, and had a different running posture than the Mockingbird. The tail was much longer, also.
>
> I didn’t remember seeing any postings to the group of a Roadrunner in Ulistac, so I wanted to post here for identification help.
>
> Cheers
>
> George Crabb
> SantaClara
>
>
>> On Jul 6, 2020, at 11:31 PM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> <mailto:<ryanjohnson77...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi George,
>>
>> What size were these birds? Robin sized? Chicken sized?
>>
>> Northern Mockingbird fits your description so you might want to look at that species. Roadrunner has never been reported at Ulistac before.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Chris
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: George <georgec...> <mailto:<georgec...>>
>> Date: 7/6/20 11:07 PM (GMT-08:00)
>> To: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>
>> Cc: George Crabb <georgec...> <mailto:<georgec...>>
>> Subject: [southbaybirds] Roadrunners in Ulistac? ID requested
>>
>> This morning my wife and I went birding at Ulistac NA. We entered Ulistac at about 9:45 AM and were walking up the main path when I spotted a bird father down on the main path quickly running, stopping, and running again. My wife asked what bird I was looking at and I said that it looked like a Roadrunner the way it was moving and that it had a long tail. She laughed and we both looked with our binoculars. The bird was fairly large and had a long, rounded tail with some white, long legs, and a crest on the head. The lower body was a white or light color and the upper body and wings had streaks in a darker color. A second bird appeared out of the bushes and exhibited the same characteristics. The lighting wasn’t good and I didn’t see any color on the head. When some people came up behind us on the path and continued toward the birds, the birds went off into the brush.
>>
>> I checked the range map for the Greater Roadrunner and it showed this part of California in the bird’s range. I don’t have any pictures since the birds were too far away for my cell phone.
>>
>> So, my question is could these birds actually be Greater Roadrunners in Ulistac? If not, what could they be?
>>
>> George Crabb
>>
>> Santa Clara
>>
>
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