Wren


The wren is a relatively shy garden bird and is often heard in gardens but not so easily seen. This is because wrens prefer to feed and nest in dense undergrowth and are likely to visit gardens with hedgerows or that are close to brambles or other dense plants.

This small bird can be very easy to identify once it has been located and looks more impressive on close inspection. It has an overall earthy brown plumage with a tail that shows shades of red. These shades of red are also apparent on the wings in places, though they are accompanied by regular small dots of black. The breast of the wren is lighter in colour than the rest of its body with a mottled white effect. This effect becomes stronger and lighter as it meets the white stripe above the wren's eye.

The main diet of the wren consists of insects and spiders. In nesting season it is an eradicator of many insect larvae which are considered pests including the larvae of the winter moth. To attract wrens to your garden the best food to provide for these wild birds is either live or dried mealworms. Even though wrens are likely to eat the food on offer it doesn't necessarily mean that you will see them take it. The main time you are likely to spot a wren taking the food you provide is during the colder periods of winter, when they are most likely to take scraps from beneath feeders and bird tables.