Astro sees desert creatures while on a hike with Ben and Eva, including a Gila monster, a rattlesnake, dung beetles, a cactus wren
, a toad and a tortoise.
The coastal cactus wren
(Camphylorhnchus brunneicapillus) is a charismatic, though sedentary bird that inhabits thickets of prickly pear (Opuntia littoralis and O.
There are sections devoted to the cactus wren
, the saguaro cactus blossom, the Arizona tree frog, petrified wood, and the Colt .45 single action army revolver.
However, there are two birds that are common at any time of the day, the cactus wren
and the phaenopepla (built like a black cardinal).
"The ice hook untwists inside the whirlwind tail" (10), "Two ravens swinging low to steal the breadcrumb from the mousetrap" (12), "I heard songs when the cactus wren
sipped nectar from the tongue of a cricket" (45), "Is this what I deserve: A white anthropologist sitting beside me at a winter ceremony?" "Listen.
Saguaro National Park boasts Many birds, including Gila woodpecker, gilded flicker, cactus wren
, phainopepla, and elf and screech owls.
Olson hit an equally delicious high with the haunting Cactus Wren
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They will take you through a maze of rugged cactus lined trails, where you may come upon a wandering coyote, hear a strange sound in the distance, enjoy watching a cactus wren
. You will be introduced to cacti and critters and other desert life.
The cactus wren
is a common Southwestern bird, but its coastal cousin, which lives around San Diego County, numbers only about 2,000 pairs.
Calls of flicker, quail, and cactus wren
float across the chilly air, and off to the south a pair of coyotes move out of the valley and over the ridge.
A panel of scientists has been dispatched to survey the area and decide which parcels of the remaining sage scrub are crucial for the survival of indicator species like the gnatcatcher, the coastal cactus wren
, and the orange-throated whiptailed lizard.
Bubby makes friends with local wildlife, including a cactus wren
, a rabbit, a Mediterranean gecko, a Gambel's quail, and a playful Boston Terrier!