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A WEEK OF WRENS

It's been a week of wrens for me. It started last Sunday watching a male Wren only feet away through a window as he sang. His whole body shook as he delivered his loud and piercing song. What deafening volume for such a small bird! Then on Thursday I walked outside at work and heard the commotion - the recognisable sound of an agitated Wren. From the undergrowth of a patch of shrubbery a Wren cried out in alarm, apparently distressed by the presence of 2 Magpies perched several feet away. Yet I could not see what caused that Wren's agitation. Had the Magpies raided the Wren's nest? Did they predate its young? All I can say is that these Magpies flew away without carrying off anything obvious in their beaks.

The final 'encounter' came this Saturday morning in woodland near my house. There was plenty of birdsong to savour and the dominant songster was the Wren. I didn't do a count, but there were several birds singing including one some 20 feet up in a tree. What's more, these Wrens seemed to be the loudest species - no mean achievement alongside larger birds like the Song Thrush, Chaffinch and Blackcap.


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