Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

Rock Wren
Rock Wren - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson
Rock Wren
Rock Wren - La Quinta, CA
© Brad Singer

The Rock Wren is an uncommon migrant and winter visitor on campus from September to April. The best places to look for them are areas with lots of rocks or concrete adjacent to vegetation, such as the landscaping in front of the College of Education or the drainage channels along the edge of the CSUSB Preserve. It is a common year-round breeding resident in southern California.

High Count: 4, Average Count: 1-2

The Rock Wren can be identified by its gray-brown upperparts with barred wings and tail, pale supercilium (line above the eye), whitish throat and finely streaked breast, and pinkish belly.


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