This is a photo of a fledgling Cactus Wren in cholla, a typical habitat for the species. The bill will grow longer over time; this one looks to be very recently out of the nest.
CACTUS WREN is a common resident of desert habitat in southeastern California, with an isolated coastal population in southern California that is now fragmented and on the decline. The species barely makes it into northern California in extreme southeastern Mono Co. but, although I have searched and have found used nests, I still have recorded one there. All my Cactus Wrens are from the usual spots.
The only California records are listed below are (1) my personal "state bird" and (2) those with unusual dates or locales. All my other observations are well within normal status & distributional limits. Those preceded by H were vagrants found or co-found by me personally. Within these parameters, these are my personal Cactus Wren records of interest:
3/20/72 Morongo Valley SBE (my "state" bird)See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2002 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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