Date: 10/17/20 12:23 pm From: Diana Doyle <diana...> Subject: Re: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]SEAZ: Greater Roadrunner over 9,000' in Huachuca Mtns also
Carr Peak in the Huachuca Mtns is listed as 9,230’ by CNF (with others saying 9,220-9,237). On 9/4/20 my husband and I had a Greater Roadrunner just a few yards short of the summit. We both saw it, turned to each other and said “Roadrunner up here?!?”
We both independently estimated it was about 10’ down in elevation from the peak. So that puts it well over 9,000’, possibly as high as 9,220’ elevation! Adaptable!
Not a high number count, but a high elevation record for my observations. Today, way up in Ski Valley on Mount Lemmon I observed a Greater Roadrunner volating down the ski run. After landing by the hut it began hunting on the patch of miniature golf turf at the bottom of the ski slope. I estimate the elevation to be 8,320'. I have never seen GRRO in the mesic fir forest of the sky islands. Of course, this record is not as high as the recently recorded GRRO observed by the Radke's near Riggs Lake on Mount Graham at over 9,000' earlier this fall. Food must be sparse in the burned over foothills and lower slopes of both ranges.