|Photo by Marty Horowitz 1/26/2016|
Not certain about the plant, but I am about the Verdin! From the link:
A tiny, active songbird of the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Verdin is the only North American member of the penduline-tit family (Remizidae). Vocal and often conspicuous despite its size, it builds a large enclosed nest in thorny scrub.
|Photo by Marty Horowitz 2/3/2016|
Arizona's State Bird, the Cactus Wren, taking a stroll on a Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea). Like the Verdin, the Cactus Wren is only found in the southwestern deserts.
[T]he Cactus Wren is the largest wren in North America. Although it can be found in urban backyards, it is a true bird of the desert and can survive without freestanding water.