The Roadrunner and Coyote Return, Along With Some Friends

by Dan Weisz

Creatures have adapted to living in this extremely hot climate and they continue their daily activities.  Below are some photos from this week at Sweetwater Wetlands.

One of the local Roadrunners was seen surveying a grass-filled settling pond.  He was standing in the shade at the time.

The coyotes were seen going about their morning.  This one was hunting in the greenery for something to eat.

A Green Heron flew over.

For some reason, dragonflies like to sit on the fence wire.  Perhaps that is a good spot for hunting insects, but I’m not sure.  This is a Blue Dasher.

A female Robber Fly was busy on the wire.  It looks like she is using her ovipositor to lay eggs, although I couldn’t see anything left on the wire.

Along the bike path, a female coyote came up from the Santa Cruz River and crossed into the Sweetwater Wetlands settling ponds.  You can see that she has shed her thick winter coat and is wearing her shorter, relatively thin summer coat.  When I saw her at 7:30 in the morning, it was already 95° in the shade.  The night before, it was still 97° at 1 a.m. and had cooled off to a morning low of 84° at four o’clock.  It is hot out there in the desert and she had finished her morning hunting very early.  That face shows her intent on getting home.

Here she is moments later running alongside the settling ponds back to where the rest of the coyote family was resting.  Her shadow is long in the early morning sun.

Another Roadrunner was hunting in the shade of the mesquites next to the bike path.

And one coyote watched warily while taking a siesta.

Stay hydrated!!