- It was a welcome sound to hear a Cactus Wren in full song on the north
side of the path along the Upper Back Bay yesterday morning. It has
been a few years since we YMCA walkers have seen or heard this bird in
this area. Barbara Dixon
- Hi All,
As many of you know, some Cactus Wrens were translocated into Upper
Newport Bay in 2006 as an experiment -- their territories in NorthIrvine
were removed for houses and the birds would have had nowhere to go
unless they were moved. The birds that were moved were color-banded, and
in 2007 one pair at the Bay produced a fledgling, which received a metal
band. Nobody seems to know whether Cactus Wrens successfully bred at the
Bay in 2008, but I saw the color-banded pair in November 2008 in scrub
south of the Muth Interpretive Center (on the northwest side of the Bay,
near the terminus of Monte Vista Avenue).
There is a massive effort underway to document and monitor Cactus Wren
populations all along the coastal slope of southern California. If you
see Cactus Wrens in Upper Newport Bay, please try to determine whether
they're banded, and get the color-band combinations, if possible. Please
report any sightings here and/or to me directly (robb [at]
rahamilton.com). Finally, please note the birds' location as accurately
as you can. For example, it's not totally clear what's meant by "the
north side of the path"-- is this referring to the wooden boardwalk on
the north side of the bay?
--- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, "frittsie2007"
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> It was a welcome sound to hear a Cactus Wren in full song on the north
> side of the path along the Upper Back Bay yesterday morning. It has
> been a few years since we YMCA walkers have seen or heard this bird in
> this area. Barbara Dixon
- Chuck Nichols of Huntington Beach reports:
We observed a Cactus Wren on the west side of UNB last Monday. It was in a bare tree above a large Opuntia cactus grove about half way between the Muth Center and Constellation. No tag was seen, but not ruled out.
- Yesterday 2/17 I saw two cactus wren in the area above the wood bridge on the back bay bike trail (north end). One was singing and flitting from bush to bush the other was in close contact with the singing bird on two occasions but no signs of nest building that I could see. Keep your fingers crossed!