Roadrunners – Meep Meep

There’s a pair of roadrunners that are living on or near my property in Cave Creek.  I don’t know exactly where but I have spotted them with some regularity that I suspect that they have managed to nest here.

About a month ago, as I was coming up to the driveway, on my way back from an early morning meeting, I saw, in the middle of the road, what looked like a roadrunner on top of what appeared to be another bird struggling by flapping a wing against the asphalt.  I stopped the car and tried to get a photo with my phone trying my best not to disturb the wildlife.  I wondered if the roadrunner was trying to kill whatever was underneath it.

Oblivious that it was two roadrunners mating, I was not quick enough to start the video rolling until the deed was done.

Here is what I’ve called the “After Mating Dance”.  Sorry, no sound track.

I still can’t believe that I watched two roadrunners mating.  I don’t know why I’m surprised since not long ago, I saw two rattlesnakes doing it.

Here are some photos of one of the birds that I managed to snap yesterday.  I can’t tell if this is the male or the female as the two look very much alike.

Roadrunner - view from inside the house through the window.
Roadrunner – view from inside the house through the window.
I could not believe it was still on the wall when I got outside
I could not believe it was still on the wall when I got outside
The roadrunner takes off at lightning speed
The roadrunner takes off at lightning speed
I got lucky here.  In full sunlight, you can really see the colors
I got lucky here. In full sunlight, you can really see the colors

I can’t wait to see the babies (if indeed there are babies).  For now, it’s been a treat to have the roadrunners hanging around.  I would love it if you shared this post and the beauty of Cave Creek.

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