I photographed this Rock Wren at Antelope Island State Park in Utah.

The Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae, also known as wrens. It is native to western North America and is found in rocky, arid habitats such as deserts, canyons, and talus slopes. They are brown and streaked with white and black, and have a long, decurved bill. The Rock Wren is known for its rich, melodious songs which it uses to defend its territory.

Rock Wren

Rock Wren

Rock Wrens at Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Antelope Island State Park, located in the Great Salt Lake of Utah, is a prime destination for Wildlife Photographers, Bird Watchers and nature enthusiasts alike. One of the most interesting bird species that can be seen at the park is the Rock Wren.

The Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) is a small bird with a round body, short tail, and a distinctive, cocked tail that is held vertically. This bird is known for its loud and repetitive song, which can be heard echoing across the rocky cliffs and sagebrush-covered hills of Antelope Island.

One of the key habitats of the Rock Wren at Antelope Island is the rocky terrain, where it can be seen scurrying along the rocks, searching for insects and other small prey items. The wrens are also commonly found in the sagebrush areas, where they use the dense shrubs as cover while hunting for food.

In addition to their interesting behavior and habitat preferences, Rock Wrens are also notable for their beautiful and intricate plumage. The birds are a mixture of gray, brown, and white, with rusty-red feathers on their back and breast, making them easy to spot in the natural surroundings.

Visitors to Antelope Island State Park can observe the Rock Wrens all year round, with the best time for viewing being in the spring and summer months when the birds are breeding and singing. The park offers several hiking trails, picnic areas, and observation points that offer excellent opportunities to see these fascinating birds in their natural habitat.

In conclusion, the Rock Wren is just one of the many unique bird species that can be found at Antelope Island State Park. Whether you are a seasoned bird watcher or simply someone who loves nature and the outdoors, this park is a must-visit destination in Utah for those who want to experience the beauty and diversity of the state’s avian life.


Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Antelope Island State Park (Utah)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 5, 2022 (07:57 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200
  • ISO: 10000 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: +1
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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