Category: Nature Photography
Posted: August 1, 2019

Wren ~ Troglodytes troglodytes

Jenny Wren in & Out

by Susan F. M. T.

Taken yesterday while I ate my breakfast...out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of this tiny Wren ~ Troglodytes troglodytes or in Irish ~ Dreolin hopping in & out of the Meal Worm Feeder. The first time I've ever seen this happen...I emailed the picture to Birdwatch Ireland & was told this was very unusual as they usually feed in & out of the undergrowth or in bushes. Identification? One of Ireland's smallest birds, also the most widespread, being found in almost all habitats including farmland, woodland, scrub, mountain and even on cliffs and offshore islands. Its small rounded body and tiny cocked tail are distinctive, however it can be a surprisingly difficult bird to see - more often heard than seen. The upperparts are reddish-brown and underparts paler with some greyish tones - faint dark barring can be seen at close range. There is a white stripe over the eye and the bill is fine and pointed. Voice Very vocal - even during winter. Song a drawn out series of trilling notes - quite shrill and loud, ends abruptly. Calls include an abrupt "check" or more prolonged "churrrrr.." . Diet..Small insects and their lavae. Breeding.. Breeds all over Ireland in many different habitats. Nest is spherical ball of moss with a small entrance in the side - positioned in dense cover such as ivy or tangles vegetation. Wintering.. Widespread. Some birds may move to lower elevations during poor weather in winter. Birds may roost communally, with up to 50 birds noted using a single nestbox Susan
Post Type: Mixed Media Photography
Mixed Media: Some Cropped, sharpened then layered upon a dark green base sheet. each photo edged with a colour in the picture & the collage framed

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