Mesquite NV Desert - Cactus Blooms in the Spring

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The cactus in the desert surrounding Mesquite, Nv bloom in the Spring.  For just a few weeks in the spring we are treated to a colorful display as the desert cactus reveals it's colorful blooms.

The roadrunner is a desert survivor.  He adapts to the brutal heat by day and extreme cold at night.  When spring arrives in the desert, the roadrunner knows it is time to mate and raise his family while the desert is teeming with life, providing him with a bountiful food supply for his mate and their young. 

Mesquite Nevada photo Cactus Bloom in the Desert

 

Mesquite Nv Desert Cactus Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He hunts for food to offer morsels to a female to entice her to mate.  He dances around her while she begs for food.  After a short breeding session, he rewards her with the food.  Cactus Blooms in the desert Mesquite NV


                                                                                                
The couple then collect the small sticks and brush to build their nest.  The female is the builder, constructing their nest in a small tree or cactus.

She will lay up to a dozen white eggs over a 3 day period.

Another generation of roadrunners will be born, to repeat their parents courtship when the desert cactus blooms a year later.

Mesquite Nv Desert Cactus flower photo Mesquite Nv Desert Cactus in Bloom photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Hepp
ERA Brokers Consolidated
Mesquite NV Real Estate
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Great pictures Virginia. I have never seen a Roadrunner in the wild, it must be a cool sight.
Apr 19, 2008 04:38 PM #9
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Virginia, the roadrunners are not all that different from the humans!  Your photos are just beautiful!
Apr 20, 2008 10:52 AM #10
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Lola -Thanks, the desert starts a whole new cycle every spring.

JL - I didn't take that picture, I have only seen the roadrunner on cartoons!

Patricia - Thanks, I got a bunch more yesterday - It is wierd to see the dry desert with bright flowers popping out kind of randomly. 

Apr 20, 2008 02:52 PM #11
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Virginia, did I ever tell you the Roadrunner is one of my favorite birds? We have them here in Texas too. They run across the roads and hop up into the trees. They are so funny. Great post with just beautiful pictures. Cactus flowers are so extraordinary (kind of like YOU!!)
Apr 21, 2008 06:16 PM #12
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Virginia,

Thanks for sharing your Roadrunner pics!  The desert has a beauty all its own, doesn't it?

Mike in Tucson

Apr 21, 2008 09:01 PM #13
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Virginia,

Your photos are great!

Jeanne Robinson

Apr 21, 2008 10:26 PM #14
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Gary - They are so comical - I think that is why they made a great cartoon.  

Mike - It really does, and the bright flowers are so amazing - the contrast.

Jeanne - Where you been?  Nice to see you commenting on my post.  Thanks. 

Apr 22, 2008 01:29 AM #15
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virginia,

very interesting.  i learn something new every day.  thanks

Apr 22, 2008 01:31 AM #16
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hi lisa, we gotta keep our ears and eyes open, don't we?
Apr 22, 2008 11:30 PM #17
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Hey, Virginia! I loved your post... the desert is one place I have yet to venture... not that I haven't wanted to, but never gotten the chance. I would love to go out on a desert trip, camp under the stars, and see the funny little Roadrunners darting around! Not too fond of the Rattlesnakes and Scorpions, but I think I could manage! Great blog!
Apr 23, 2008 12:07 AM #18
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Bo - I am a bit spooked by the desert - I am always looking at my feet for snakes and scorpions and lizards, oh, my!
Apr 23, 2008 11:06 AM #19
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Hi Virginia... This is not to even mention those pesky cactus... the barbs on them can be rough to pull out if pricked by one! LOL
Apr 23, 2008 04:25 PM #20
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Bo - That actually happened to one of my buyer's kids when I was showing a home.  She ran across the front yard landscaping and stepped on one that looked like a flower.  Her dad pulled it out.  It could have been worse, but I felt terrible.
Apr 24, 2008 01:40 AM #21
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Yes, I had that happen to me on St. Croix (USVI)... The East side of the island has a desert-like climate; I was taking a picture from a cliffside, and stepped into a cactus, getting about 20 spines in my upper thigh. Attempting to pull the barbs out was crazy painful!
Apr 24, 2008 09:32 AM #22
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I love the story of the roadrunner!  They are so adorable!!  The desert blooms initially caught my eye.  I could not believe it when I saw my first desert blooms, they are so amazing!!

May 19, 2008 07:58 PM #23
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Renee - They still amaze me, it is such a bright bloom in the brown desert.

Bo - OUCH!

May 20, 2008 09:19 PM #24
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I used to work on the bottom floor of an office complex that came with its own roadrunner. It decided that my window was a great place to perch... that bird was my buddy for a couple years.

May 27, 2008 07:40 PM #25
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Chuck - I didn't know that they were that friendly.  We used to have baby raccoons that liked to sun on our front picture window ledge.  They were so cute till they grew up and started fighting with our cats!

May 28, 2008 11:29 AM #26
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Virginia, awesome photo of the nest and the babies!

May 30, 2008 12:55 AM #27
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Duane - I used to be scared of the desert and everything in it :)  After living here for 3 years, I now love it!

May 30, 2008 06:06 PM #28
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