Beep-Beep & Cheep~

The Holler really is ‘for the birds,’
but, then, as you’ve probably noticed by now, so am I!
They make the nicest neighbors,
greeting us in the mornings, and flocking in droves to the feeders at sunset.
Our son calls the roadrunners our “pets.”
But they are wild creatures, who choose to live inside the refuge of our fences, which protect them from the Holler Wiley E’s.
We also have found our refuge here, amongst this wild family.

Cheers to you from wild creatures great & small because they are your family too, after all~

165 thoughts on “Beep-Beep & Cheep~

    1. It was many years before I found out the Roadrunner wasn’t just a cartoon character. You may call be backward, if you want to, I don’t care!

  1. Birds are intelligent. These beautiful wild creatures made a great choice — to live inside the refuge of your fences. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another set of beautiful images, Cindy. Love the roadrunner captures! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cindy, I just shared these with my mom tonight and she is just awed by the diversity of visitors you have in your area (as am I). She was especially awed by the roadrunner images because she didn’t think we had any here. Marvelous close-ups as usual. I can really see their expressions and glints in their eyes! <3 ~Lynn

    1. Awwww, I am so pleased your mom enjoyed the birdies Lynn and she is right, the roadrunner really is a most unusual bird. It can glide resembling flight, but not fly. It can jump easily on to the roof. It catches super long snakes and is undeniably curious about us. Anytime we put something new outdoors, the roadrunners must thoroughly investigate it. If you follow them, they will keep you at arms length, if you ignore them, they will follow you. Love them!

  3. what an amazing range of birds you have – and how amazing they all are too, so different and each so filled with their own unique character.. your photos are marvellous too, the way you catch their personalities

    1. Chuck Jones drew Beep-Beep. I read that he watched roadrunners and coyotes at his Southern California home many decades ago and came up with characters and the dynamic between them. He must have lived in a Holler like place. When I first saw The Holler, I said, this must have been what Southern California was like in the 1950’s! Check out:

    1. You didn’t need to try it again, I was with you at the first beep, beep, mmm, beep beep, yah! I grew up on the fab four, just like you Graham. Love ’em, and am a huge admirer of Sir Paul’s conservation efforts today! <3 <3

      1. The $^*$ยฃ WP comment editor cut me off (all I did was press return) before I could plant the youtube short code.

        Never mind, it’s all part of the fun.
        “I shot the the sheriff ~” tee hee ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. More beautiful bird photos! Your roadrunners are particularly appealing perhaps because I remember the childhood animations of roadrunner and coyote. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I grew up with the cartoons too, and only occasional sightings of roadrunners in SoCal, and never expected the gift of living with multiple ones who I see constantly. Wonderful! Check out Beep-Beep’s creator, he lived in a Holler like place decades ago, and observed both the roadrunners and the coyotes and their dynamic to come up with the characters!

    1. We call all the roadrunners The Beepers after the cartoon character. They will come somewhat close if you are busy doing something they are curious about. I just remembered something funny. We had a huge Great Blue Heron come to live at The Holler. He was over 4 feet tall. He hung around for days and the roadrunners were cowed by him. I finally called wild bird rescue because I was concerned that he wasn’t drinking. Rescue came out and caught The Heron to take him to rehab. The roadrunners came out in group to watch the capture process which I admit was most interesting. They stood there gaping with no concern that they were next to us and the rescue woman. I got the distinct impression they were very pleased to see the heron go…… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, and btw, The Heron recovered, he needed an IV, but flew back to the lagoons after a week or so in rehab.

    1. Vielen Dank mein lieber Freund Gislinde! Habe ich dir wir gehen zuruck nach Deutschland im November? Wir werden Koblenz, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamburg, Nurnberg und vieles mehr! Ich habe noch nie in Deutschland im November war und bin begeistert! <3

    1. Wow, that would be fun to see! They can move faaaaast! Like lightening. Remember the cartoons, where he would run so fast he would turn into vapor? Laughing…..

  5. Dear Cindy, I enjoy studying the beautiful birds in the Holler and cab sometimes see every feather on your fine photography. After so many visits, I ha e begun packkng. I have come to the company clusion that there is room there for one more bird. Surely, I will be witless and lonely no longer. . . I realize my “mate” is waiting! Bye bye, Ohio and Hello, Holler! xo Robin bird ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know exactly how you feel. I am hoping we can hold on to the orioles this winter. So far so good. The Anna hummingbirds stay year round, but the rufous and allen’s have left already. A couple black chins are still here. All the other birds stay year round thank goodness or I would miss them terribly! You have my full empathy.

      1. We have woodpeckers, cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice and a couple other winter hardy birds in the winter. I appreciate them dearly but they ate so quiet when the snow is on the ground. I love when the spring air is full of cheerful bIrd songs!

    1. They never actually asked us. It’s more like we had to ask them permission to move into their home. I’m not sure if they gave it completely willingly. Laughing…….

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