I have a little arroyo that leads up to a canyon that I like to walk around in Palm Springs. Driving by, it seems to be fairly non-descript, but I always take good photos there. Across the canyon, I saw a wren pop out on the rocks. I took this shot to confirm that I was looking at a Canyon Wren. Sure enough, but it was over there on the opposite side and climbing down the canyon into the arroyo and back over to chase a bird didn’t seem to be like a productive way to spend my time. I decided to just enjoy watching it for a while and then went about my business.
The next day I decided to walk up the arroyo into the canyon. It was a longshot because I don’t normally see Canyon Wrens in that area. But why not? After all, I was on vacation. So up the canyon I went.
I did find the bird further up the canyon then where I found him the previous day. It went up on the wall where I was the day before. I was able to get on the bird and from the observations that I made the day before, I could predict what it was going to do and get some good shots. So when he jumped down into rock piles to forage for bugs, I set myself up for when it would come up again.
The next three images illustrate this bird’s behavior. It would look for something tasty in the boulders and then it would hop up on a rock. It would bob, turn and chirp a couple of times and then jump back into the rocks.
Here is another sequence of its display.
I am going to round off this post with a couple more portraits.
Sorry that this post is a bit long, but I put two hours into getting these photos! And what a treat. If you have never heard a Canyon Wren sing in a large canyon, then I would encourage you to listen to the call.
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