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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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16 March, 2015

Wren: small bird but big voice | Nature Notes from Dorset

Continuing my look at the top twenty winter garden birds, the wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is number 16. It is a common bird in woodland but far less so in gardens although being so small they be easily over looked in winter when not singing and busily looking for food.
They are one of our smallest birds (only the goldcrest and firecrest are smaller) but it has one of the loudest voices of all our song birds! If you are familiar with its complex song full of crescendos and trills then you will often know there is a wren around long before you see it, if you see it that is! One of the features of the wren from a distance is that it frequently has its tail cocked up, sadly this one did not so I can't illustrate the point.

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