Roadrunners,
members of the Cuckoo clan,
are a steady presence
here on the prairie these days.
We think they may have grown
into a small community.
They don’t seem to mind
us.
They come up on patio and porch,
peer in French door windows,
hop atop patio tables.
Sometimes we have a roomful of guests
at the Pond House
and a Roadrunner will stare at us
through the big windows,
to the delight of those of us staring out.
Once a Roadrunner found itself
in the greenhouse at the Pond House
and once one slipped through the open greenhouse door
and Ann found it in the studio/workroom!
Last week she shoo-ed a Roadrunner
out of the high tunnel garden.
Every day one catches a lizard,
brings it to the big window at the Pond House,
and, with lizard draped through its beak,
knocks on the window
until Ann acknowledges the catch.
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This is one change,
as our ecosystem has become
more desert-like—
and so many lizards!—
that we’re enjoying.