After reading a short article today about roadrunners I may have figured out why there are so many at the ranch. Some days they are running everywhere and some days we don't see any. Today was one of those days that we didn't see a one. They range in length from 20 to 34 inches and in height from 10 to 12 inches. They can attain speeds of up to 17 miles an hour which I haven't seen one run or fly low that fast. It flys when it senses danger or is going down hill but can only remain airborne a few seconds due to it's large body. Due to it's lightening quickness it is one of the few animals who can prey upon rattlesnakes. That is where my thoughts about the ranch come in. It has always been known for lots of rattlesnakes so maybe that fact is what brought the roadrunners there. I have never seen this but wish I had. The article says the roadrunner can snap up a rattlesnake by the tail, crack it like a whip, and slam it's head upon the ground until dead. John and I have both had the displeasure of eating a roadrunner when we were kids. If I had known then what I know now what they eat I probably would not have eaten it. When we were kids the old wives tale was eating a roadrunner would cure boils. I guess we both do believe in that as we have never had another boil or maybe we are just cleaner now with bathrooms and hot running water in the house. The meat was dark and didn't taste good to me but I do like to see the roadrunners and watch them. Don't know who wrote the article to give credit to but guess it is just standard information.