geococcyx (from ge, earth, and kokkyks, cuckoo) californianus (of California)
Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 3:15 pm
Tucson, Arizona — Old Spanish Trail near Saguaro National Monument
My mom took my wife and me to the Rincon Mountain Unit of the Saguaro National Monument. We were pretty close to the park when a Greater Roadrunner ran across the road into the parking lot of a sporting goods store. It paused under a small tree along the pavement then disappeared into the surrounding desert scrub. I had determined this was a must bird for the trip. I was now able to relax some.
A few days later I saw another one in the desert below the mouth of Sabino Canyon. It was walking along the trail ahead of me and jumped on a perch five feet up in a mesquite.