Some birds just won’t share……

Yet more weather changes in the last week, with heavy frosts making way for more spring-like conditions.  With great tits now singing – a very spring-like sound – it’s easy to forget that it’s only the end of January!  With no thrushes evident here yet, a bird that recently made my day by singing from the top of the hedge outside my office window, was a wren.  It’s astonishing that a bird this small can make such a sound!  We always have problems in the spring when wrens choose our front porch for nest construction, in direct competition with the swallows.  Male wrens will create several nests to entice a female and fortunately, so far, the porch nest has never been used.  There is no doubt that the swallows, on their return, would not be very happy as they don’t like to share!

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at and her bird food company at
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