House Wren At Mount Lemmon’s Summit

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The images that I post today are my final images from my trip to Mt. Lemmon’s summit about 10 days ago.  From here on in it will be back to lower elevations for a while.  Our heat wave continues unabated and taking pictures is becoming a real chore but I have enough images in reserve to keep posting, hopefully, until the heat finally dissipates.

House Wrens are a common species throughout the United States.  Elsewhere they are migratory.  In southern Arizona there is a year-round population of these birds but, I suspect, only in higher elevations.  I’ve never seen one of these birds in the desert.  They are a fairly common sight at the summit of Mt. Lemmon.

They are attractive little birds, denizens of brush and low trees.  The one that I photographed had staked out a territory on a pine snag, about six feet above the ground and was telling the world that it was there.

It made no attempt to conceal itself and periodically it burst into song.  House Wrens are related to the much larger Cactus Wrens that predominate down in the desert and they share a few behaviors.  Like Cactus Wrens, House Wrens are territorial and also like Cactus Wrens House Wrens aren’t shy about defending their territories.

House Wrens’ songs are less harsh than those of Cactus Wrens, but it is all relative.  Their songs are decidedly not musical and are quite loud, especially considering these birds’ diminutive size.

Images made with a Canon 5Div, 100-400mm ISII zoom lens, aperture priority setting, ISO 640, f5.6 @ 1/2500.

One response to “House Wren At Mount Lemmon’s Summit”

  1. Paule Hjertaas says :

    There was 1 in Ajo last fall at the golf course, my first one in the desert.

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