Cactus Wren declares Spring

Last night’s rain released the earthy and herbal aromas of the desert. This Cactus Wren was in full song. In addition to the usual engine-starting sound, he had a low growl, a back-of-the-throat grunt, and a rising sound like a cork twisting out of a bottle. Also saw a Mocking Bird, making a single loud high chirp.


The wash has been well scoured by rain, with evidence of serious flows, such as tumbled barrel cactus and prostrate brooms. The Hackberry bushes are covered with orange berries, and the floor is covered with desert marigolds, devil’s claws, and zinnias. Beautiful sighting of a Harris’s Hawk airing his wings on top of a saguaro cactus.