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Bewick's wren        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Bewick's wrens are common, noisy inhabitants of brushy and scrubby areas in much of southern North America (although they seem to be in decline in the southeast).   The bird at left was foraging at Big Morongo Wildlife Area in the California desert.   The wren in the right image was bringing food to a nest-box full of young in my back yard in Riverside, California.   A recently fledged chick is shown below (Indian Cove area, Joshua Tree National Park, CA), as well as an adult near Riverside, CA.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 1D4, 7D2, or 5D4; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, electronic flash (2004, 2011, 2013-2017)
  • Nikon F3, 300 mm Sigma APO lens, Kodachrome 64, with fill-in flash (1998)