Weâ€™ve been interacting with Spike the roadrunner for about 6 months. We see him almost daily. Heâ€™s not a pet â€“ heâ€™s leery of us, as he should be â€“ but we know each other.
Spike has recently started calling, a sound weâ€™ve never heard before. Weâ€™re familiar with the roadrunner call that sounds much like a mourning dove only more mournful. This call is a loud whoop. You can hear it in the first short video. I took the second video immediately after the call.
Itâ€™s warm and rainy in Albuquerque today â€“ to call that unusual is tragic understatement. Spike has hunkered down on his rock in the front yard in a pose that reminds me of green herons or black-crowned night herons â€“ no neck.