This little bird visits us often, but getting a photo has not been easy. I used to think that the Wren was the smallest bird in the UK, but apparently not. That title belongs to the tiny Goldcrest, one of which I have never seen.


The Wren may be small, but has a beautiful and loud singing voice.

And if you’d like to see a Goldcrest amidst many other native birds then please visit Sarah Longes – Taking One Day at a Time – as she has recently created a series along the Basingstoke Canal called ‘Unlocking the Landscape‘. Her photography will blow you away, make sure you click on an image to enlarge it.


  1. Suzy Barker says:

    Beautiful image. And beautiful bird too. Lots of these around here apparently. Can hear them, rarely spot them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They really do sing beautifully.

  2. Oh Jude, your persistence paid off. What a gorgeous photo of this cute little fellow. Nicely done.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. There is a robin and a blackbird who regularly visit too, and last night we saw two bats! We had a bat which used to fly around the courtyard so it is so nice to have some here too.

      1. Your bats must be nicer than ours, which are large, very noisy and very messy.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yours are the big fruit bats? We saw some of them in Port Douglas. No ours are quite small. Probably the Common Pipistrelle.

        2. Yes. They aren’t nice and they carry diseases. Yours sounds much cuter.

  3. Pit says:

    Wonderful picture. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Sue says:

    Gorgeous little thing!

  5. Beautywhizz says:

    Lovely little bird.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Well done for getting such a great shot of a wren, they move so quickly, I always see them disappearing into hedges! I had a goldcrest in the garden right at the end of winter, it must have been hungry to come into town, it was my first and I was totally mesmerised by it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, you are so lucky. I’d love to see one.

  7. Sherri says:

    Well you certainly got an absolutely gorgeous photo rewarding your patience Jude…this is exquisite, what a beautiful little bird 🙂 And you’ve taught me something too, I also thought the wren was the smallest British bird. Now I know! Love it when that happens, thank you! xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Seems we were all taught incorrectly in Junior school 🙂

  8. beetleypete says:

    I see wrens flying like tiny bullets over at Beetley Meadows. I can’t imagine how patient you have to be to get such a good photo, Jude.
    I also thought the wren was our smallest bird. Still learning!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m lucky this one likes to sit in a tree just in front of a window!

  9. Love your sweet little Jenny Wren. Great shot, Jude. 🙂

  10. pommepal says:

    Well done to get such a sharp photo Jude. If they are like our wrens they never sit still for very long. Is that the female? Our male wrens are a glorious blue and the females are a brown similar to this one.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, you are talking about the lovely Fairy Wrens – no ours are just brown. Equally difficult to photograph though!

      1. pommepal says:

        I have a couple of photos of the fairy wrens. They live down at the beach.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I got a couple on Bondi and then in the Eurobodalla Gardens when they were cheeky enough to actually come on to the table – and then my battery died 😦

        2. pommepal says:

          a dead battery is VERY annoying…

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