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.
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.