Thursday afternoon when I walked over to the cholla group behind our house, I noticed a Cactus Wren, The Cactus Wren is the state bird of Arizona. Measuring 7-9 inches (17.8-22.9 cm) in length, it is the largest wren in the United States.
The wren was carrying feathers in its beak. It flew up to one of the jumping chollas and disappeared inside. Cactus Wrens nest high in thorny trees and shrubs; they prefer cholla cacti. Both the male and female build the nest, which is spherical, made of dry grasses, and often lined with feathers. I could see three or four nest-like structures in the cholla, but I couldn't figure out exactly where the wren was building. Feathers were sticking out of this one:
The wren flew to the ground and I could hear it foraging behind some teddy bear chollas, but I couldn't see it clearly. The Cactus Wren primarily eats insects, and occasionally it will eat seeds and fruits. Almost all the Cactus Wren's water is obtained from food. It rarely uses free standing water.
The wren flew up onto a neighbour's chain-link fence.
I had a clear shot for some photographs
before it turned tail
and flew off.