3 January 2020

Another lunchtime walk around the lanes. As I was heading down Rowlands Lane, a huge bumblebee shot out of the drystone wall to my left, and made a bumblebee-line for the wall on the opposite side of the track. But no, not a bumblebee; a wren—a surprisingly easy mistake to make, and not for the first time in my case.

True to its scientific name, Troglodites troglodites, the wren disappeared into a crevice in the wall. I stopped to have a look, and found myself nose-to-beak with the diminutive creature. A split-second later it was gone. I couldn’t say I blamed it.

Definitely a top-ten bird.

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