We have been seeing roadrunners prancing around out back for a few months, but for the last few days, they have been coming in closer and closer. Yesterday afternoon they made a preliminary inspection of the hedge where two roadrunner chicks were raised about two years ago. One sat in or near the nest, and the other was out in the alley. They called back and forth to each other with different noises.
This morning both of them were in the nest, with lots of coo-ing, buzzing, and clattering noises quite audible. It sounded like they were very happy. But some curved-bill thrashers did not take kindly to the attempt by the roadrunners to move in. Harsh words were spoken, and much to my surprise, the roadrunners retreated. The thrashers don’t seem to have a nest in there, although we have seen them coming and going with sticks in their beaks over the last few weeks.
UPDATE: It is several hours later, and neither pair of birds has been back to stake a claim.