Two birds in a tree

I spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon admiring yellow, pink, peach and red cactus blooms at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Walking out I noticed a crowd looking up at something moving in a blooming palo verde tree. A road runner was flitting about in the branches.  What a treat to see this rare bird in plain sight in the middle of the day!  A mourning dove was sitting on a nest in the same tree.  Everyone was happily watching.

The road runner rushed the sitting dove – the dove rose from the nest and flashed her wings.  In that instant the road runner reached into the nest grabbing a fledgling baby dove in its beak.  The road runner sailed down to the ground and ran.   The entire crowed gasped in surprise!  So fast delight changed to dismay.

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