16 July 2021

A small funny looking birdie because of its round somewhat plump shape with a short erect tail. It can hardly be mistaken for another bird. A brownish/ greyish bird measuring 9-10 cm tops with a short tail which is always proudly held up high and a relatively long and thin bill. This Eurasian Wren is the only member, of the 29 different species counting Troglodytes family, in the “Old World” (Europe, Asia and Africa) but is most often just called ‘Wren’

Most often you’ll hear it before you even see it. A Wren has a remarkable big voice. Especially during Spring, it’s common to find male Wrens singing from a low and exposed branch. You’ll hear a sharp tic-tic followed by different shrill whistles. Those are great moments to capture this little bird. It’s hard to get good shots otherwise, because here’s a really busy bird, always foraging for insects and bugs and therefore mostly to be found in bushes and on the ground where you won’t get nice shots, The colours of a Wren make them blend totally in the background. By the way, it’s not only foraging that consumes their time, they’re quite active breeders as well and can have up to 3 nests per season.

Wren, Eurasian Wren,

Up till 2 years ago, I was unable to distinguish one bird from another… Yes of course Pigeon, Parrot and House Sparrow, Seagull and maybe a few Tits, but most of the birds I saw would have been categorized under House Sparrow, just like my wife still cynical calls all birds I’ve captured ‘Canary’. At the very first bird hide I rented almost 2 years ago, I captured more than one Eurasian Wrens and with my determination guides and Google at hand I was successfully able to determine this species. It was my first solo determination of a bird I didn’t know and probably the first time I realized that those little brown birds could be something else than a House Sparrow. Ever since that day, this plump little clown is one of my favourite birds (in this region) and it doesn’t fail to visit the hides I’ve been in since.
What is your favourite bird? I’m using Instagram and I’m always amazed by the beauty of some birds… Whenever in that specific area, I would very much like to capture a Red Cardinal and the Blue Jay. Who knows… maybe one day.