6th March 2016

Busy male Wrens. Look what came very near me to feed on uncovered insects today, as I cleaned out the old pond. Male Wrens start their beautiful, loud singing in early spring, establishing their territories and maintaining them aggressively if another male approaches. Males in the South are also incredibly active, building 5 or 6

Wren finding insects in the drained pond

Wren finding insects in the drained pond

Both Wren and Robin took advantage of the pond being drained

Both Wren and Robin took advantage of the pond being drained

nests for females to inspect. Females usually choose the best camouflaged (most ‘cryptic’), which they proceed to line before laying their eggs. In the South, a male Wren may mate with more than one female. In the North, where food resources are less plentiful and the season shorter, they build fewer and are more attentive to the female which chooses one! Conditions: Sunny spells and a little sleet. Temperature: Max 5- Min -1c.

Wren, showing its pale eye-stripe and chequered pattern on wing edge and tail

Wren, showing its pale eye-stripe and chequered pattern on wing edge and tail

Wren showing its 'sail' tail.

Wren showing its ‘sail’ tail.

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