I believe this is my last wren posting--I think Wayne has a few more. This is a Canyon Wren, a small bird that frequents rocky canyons and cliffs. It is heard more often than seen, with its distinctive song ringing off canyon walls, a silvery, liquid mix of decelerating and descending notes. This one was spotted in Montosa Canyon in Arizona. I'd never seen one in a tree before, and it was hopping in and out of the twigs and branches. I got a quick peek at it between the branches before it hopped out of sight.
In keeping with the subject of wrens, this little Marsh Wren was photographed at San Jacinto Wildlife Area. Not the sharpest photo, but I was very excited to get a clear view of him at all--they are the ultimate skulker, hiding out in the cattails or reeds, only popping up once in awhile. I liked that this one was out in the open, and even has a bit of a reflection.
Well Wayne said he is now showing wrens, and I was thinking I didn't have any to show, but in checking, I do have a few to add to the series. Not wanting to step on Wayne's toes, but here is a Cactus Wren photographed at Joshua Tree National Park.
The Cactus Wren occurs in desert areas, and builds its nest deep in very spiny cactus plants, and is thus protected from predators.