29th March 2015

Wrens nesting habits are fascinating. Male Wrens are fierce territory holders and you will hear their loud and beautiful song from early spring, defending their chosen area. The males in the South will build up to five nests (less in the north) and show a female, hoping that she will find one suitable! The nests are usually in thickets but, with the Wren population doing well at the moment, they will also stray into gardens and use open-fronted nesting boxes, as one did last year in out garden. Once she approves a nest, the female will take over and line it with feathers. We emptied our box this week and had to pull the nest apart a bit to get it out- you can see a couple of eggs which didn’t hatch were still in the nest. A male Wren was investigating another of our bird-boxes the other day but being a box with a hole rather than open fronted it is unlikely to build in it. That and the fact that

We were lucky to have a Wren nest in one of our boxes last year

We were lucky to have a Wren nest in one of our boxes last year

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Wrens egg and remains of last year's nest we removed from the bird-box this week

Wrens egg and remains of last year’s nest we removed from the bird-box this week

Male Wren investigating our bird-box this week

Male Wren investigating one of our boxes

 have their eye on it and scared the Wren away! Conditions: Rain and a strong westerly breeze turning into sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 8- Min 3c.

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