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Nest Building   Leave a comment

Cactus Wren-72Cactus Wren Building a Nest — Image by kenne

This large wren prefers cholla cactus in which to their nest. The nest is built by both sexes is a bulky mass of weeds, grass, twigs, lined with feathers, animal hair, plant down. The nest is shaped like football lying on its side; entrance at one end, with a narrow tubular passage leading to nest chamber. While the female is incubating the eggs, the male will often build additional nests to serve as decoys.

— kenne

Cactus Wren Nest-72Cactus Wren Nest — Image by kenne


Capturing The Moment — Desert Spring II   Leave a comment

Desert Museum-9840 blogDesert Spring II — Image by kenne

Bird 6 (Cactus Wren)

I make my nests among the desert cactus.
Several I will build.
One for my lady to lay her eggs in.
Others to confuse our predators.

I’m not shy, like others of my family.
My lady and I will both sing songs.
Though my Lady is the one who sits upon the eggs.
I will help feed the young just like any daddy should.

I am seven to eights inches long.
My head is brown, and I sport a white eye stripe.
My bill is slightly curved for digging for those bugs.
I’ll flash my spotted tail feathers and flap barred wings.

I hardly ever drink water, even when it there.
I get what I need from the things I eat.
I really love those ants, beetles and grasshoppers.
I will occasionally eat some seeds and fruits.

So if you travel to the deserts
down in the southwestern USA
Look among the cactus for a football nest.
There you might see us flying or at rest.

— wildfiredreamer

Cactus Wrens and Cactus Wren Nests Images by kenne (Click on any image to see slideshow.)


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