Rock Wrens – Always So Far Away

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Rock Wrens are illusive subjects for me, they always seem to be so far away when I hear or spot them moving about on exposed rocks.

Rock Wren on a lichen covered rock, Box Elder County, UtahRock Wren on a lichen covered rock – Nikon D500, f8, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last month I was able to take my best photos of Rock Wrens so far since I moved to Utah but even those aren’t as close to the bird as I would have liked them to be. Rock Wrens are migratory and this time of the year I don’t expect to see many of them here in northern Utah although they do overwinter in southern Utah.

Male Rock Wrens can have a repertoire of 100 or more songs. Listening to them while I search for and photograph other birds is music to my ears. Have a listen to their song here.

Rock Wrens blend into their habitat so easily and more often than not I hear them well before I can locate them.

I hope that next year when the Rock Wrens migrate back to northern Utah that I will have opportunities to take close up, finely detailed photos of this species, until then I am going to use this photo as a placeholder in my photo galleries.

Life is good.


First morning without my smart phone… I learned that the alarm on the cheapo phone I am using doesn’t wake me up even with the volume on high. What a pain. I’ve set up my older smart phone (that wont’ connect to the Verizon network) just for the alarm, at least I know that will work.

2018-10-23T05:46:02+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Birds, Box Elder County, Rock Wrens, Utah|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


  1. Trudy Brooks October 24, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Cute little bird, I have never heard called a rock-wren. As to the wake up call, I have a clock radio and have to take a travel alarm with me. I have hear people say their phones have a wake up alarm, and does not go off, causing them to be late to work!!

  2. Elephants Child October 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Love that song. Our lichen is almost always green so it is a treat to see the different hues. And the wren.

  3. Patty Chadwick October 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Love this image!!! These burds are so darned cute!! Nice context, too…

  4. Utahbooklover October 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    With all this needed rain, I can understand posting this nice image from last month. The Rock Wren does blend.

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