The Standoff

roadrunner and

I expected to hear gunfire at any moment. The threatening noises were fearsome! In the end, the roadrunner called the raven “A tosser”, and took off for the fence rail and beyond.

The noise then started up in the front yard. There is a loosely-built nest in the oak tree outside DH’s office window where we have seen cactus wrens coming and going – for a couple of months – but haven’t seen any sign that they are using it for a nest’s intended purpose. They spent a long time building it – gathering bits and pieces in the back open area and then flying over the house to the front yard into the oak tree.

With my camera still smoking from photographing the Gunfight at the OK Corral in the backyard, I opened the front door and caught just the merest glimpse of a S Q U I R R E L ! I know, you see squirrels all the time, but out here there really is little to support mammals of any size. But there he was (sorry, no photo), on the run, with a cactus wren in hot pursuit. So maybe there is something in the nest that is worth protecting, but I don’t think I can see anything in there. Can you?

Click the picture(s) once, let it load, and then click once again – it gets really close into the nest.

cactus wren nest


About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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4 Responses to The Standoff

  1. Dale says:

    I like your interpretation of the “standoff”. I can’t see anything in the nest either.


  2. Sherry says:

    You have a very exciting neighborhood that’s for sure!


  3. LFFL says:

    Cute standoff.


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