Coming out of Crowder College's Newton Hall at 7:20 this evening, I saw a unique encounter. First, the setting. Newton Hall is one of the buildings left from the old Camp Crowder of World War II days. It has an architectural feature I have not seen anywhere else. The second and third floors have an extension of concrete out into the outdoors that forms a ledge over a foot wide. The barn swallows who live around the building each summer were circling and chirping as they had been when I went in. But this time I noticed they were each in turn dive-bombing a hunkered form on the ledge that juts out from the floor level of the second story. As the form rose, I saw that it was a roadrunner. After some moments dodging the attacks, the roadrunner flew to a small shed out from the cafeteria and the bombing target moved with him. He hunkered there for awhile, then flew to a wooden fence before return flight to the original ledge. When I left, the attacks were still going on. It was not apparent by his lunges whether he was only trying to protect himself or trying to catch a swallow, but he represented some threat to them, obviously.