Jan 252015
 

Well – how did yowren2u 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. wren

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).

Malcolm

 Posted by on 25 January 2015 at 11:28 pm

  2 Responses to “Wrens in the garden?”

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  1. Had a wren in my count and mainly other singles. Most colourful was a Greater spotted Woodpecker, so that was nice. But as usual you just finish submitting your count, you press the button and what happens…10 Goldfinches descend onto the sunflower heart feeders! I’m sure these birds know how not to cooperate!

  2. I had wren on my list too Julie. I think that the birds stay away to make sure we get the message that they and other wildlife need our help! Or am I humanising too much?

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