This photo-blog kind of wanders all over the place, but perhaps more than anything else, I use it as a way to share my photos and log my weekend activities. My wife and I like to spend weekends out near Joshua Tree, so you will see a lot of desert photos! Thanks for visiting, and your comments are always appreciated!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
It must be nest building time for Cactus Wrens here in 29 Palms. We were surprised to see a mating pair going in and out of our bird houses, and there is clearly one bird house with a nest under construction. My wife noticed a wren sitting on top of a Golden Barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) and pulling out the fuzzy stuff off the top of the cactus with it's beak.
Cactus Wren atop Golden Barrel (ouch!)
Prickly Pear cactus with nest in center
We've been watching these wrens for a while now. Their nest last year was in some prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.) - you can see it in the center of the photo if you look closely!
Here he is standing on top of the new home he (or she?) is working on. We will have to see if this is a permanent selection!