A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park



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A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Wren sitting on a rock on the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, U.S.A.

On our first day in Grand Canyon National Park, after gaining a bird’s eye view of the spectacular world-famous canyon from a helicopter, we set off to explore the South Rim trails.  In the afternoon, we caught a shuttle bus to the extreme western end of the trail at Hermit’s Rest.  An impromptu exploration below Hermit’s Rest Lookout turned up a fleeting glimpse of this Rock Wren. Read more

A House Wren Builds A Nest In My Toronto Backyard



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A House Wren Builds A Nest In My Toronto Backyard

house wren sits on birch tree - toronto

To our knowledge, Bob and I have never had a House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) visit our backyard in the past, but this past spring had seen a bounty of new species stopping in at our small suburban property for a brief respite as they migrate to their breeding grounds, and amongst them was a House Wren.  It was a sheer pleasure, then, to realize that it decided to stay put and build a nest in one of our birdhouses. Read more