Well – how did you get on with the Big Garden Birdwatch? One of the birds that is very easy to overlook in the garden (and indeed anywhere) is the tiny wren. It is actually one of the commonest birds in Britain as it is found in a wide range of habitats from the south of England to the north of Scotland. Its habitat is determined, as you might expect, by small scale landscape features – such as log and brash piles, jumbles of stones etc. In short, the wren spends most of its time looking in nooks and crannies for its invertebrate prey. Which is why we rarely see it. If you don’t have wrens in your garden then your garden is far too tidy! The other way to find wrens is to listen – for much of the year the male wren sings its heart out and for its size it must be the loudest song you will hear in the garden.
Make the effort to learn the song and you will be really surprised how often you “see” wrens!
In cold weather and when they have young, wrens can become more conspicuous – as Terry discovered in his garden (sorry – Irene’s garden).