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Jul 21, 2015 11:42 AM CST
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Name: Sandi
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A neighbor spotted what he described as a "most beautiful roadrunner I've ever seen with red on its head and green mixed on body." He said he tried to get a photo, but it was too fast.

Has anyone ever seen a roadrunner that looked like this? I thought maybe it was a woodpecker. I'm curious because it was on spotted on our street that goes down to the Barton Creek greenbelt. I've only seen brown roadrunners.
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Jul 21, 2015 11:53 AM CST
Name: Danita
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I wonder if someone's Ring-necked pheasant wandered off from its yard. Shrug!
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Jul 21, 2015 12:24 PM CST
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I'm going to pass that along to him. Thanks, Danita! It certainly looks as described, and we do have suburban rancheros around the creek. I'll let you know.
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Jul 21, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Name: Donald
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A pheasant would be my guess too. I had a neighbor a couple of miles away who raised exotic game birds and would release them into fields for hunters. Occasionally a few birds would make it to my property and spend summer and fall. I always hoped they'd manage to establish a colony, but that never happened. They were fun to see when it happened.
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Jul 21, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Name: JoJo
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We had a pheasant at our house in early spring, so pretty
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Jul 21, 2015 2:23 PM CST
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I did post Danita's response, but haven't heard back from neighbor. I hope it is a pheasant that somehow escaped and is a freebird! Thumbs up
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