Monday, February 17, 2014

Canyon Wren

I took this Canyon Wren photograph in May 2003 at the Catwalk Recreation Area run by the Forest Service near Glenwood, New Mexico. Due to fires and landslides, the area is now closed. This situation is a shame, because this park, largely consisting of a stairway up a narrow, rocky canyon, is intriguing—perfect habitat for Canyon Wrens.

Canyon Wrens are found across the western United States. They are often hard to see in their rocky environment, but their echoing, descending calls are distinctive. Their habitat is generally inaccessible, thus their biology is little known.  Only the female incubates but both adults feed the young (Jones and Dieni 1995).

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