The Little Wren
A flick of leaf A flash of light On the ground In out of sight Under a bush A shush— then, that is when I see the Wren! It darts stops starts And hops Here and there Everywhere Hither, thither whither Under the hedge to fledge Tail standing proud It stood briefly Along the edge of the leafy wood It goes It knows It will thrill and trill A song So LOUD That such a little bird So small Can have so big a call Is astonishing — Lesley Scoble 1st July 2020
The wren’s garden
Living in the City of London during lockdown has made access to wild open spaces impossible. But, there is a secret wildlife garden where the wren lives (well, it’s not that secret— I know about it—and now you know about it!) . The garden is on my doorstep and during lockdown it is about the only thing that has kept me relatively sane — haha!
Unable to flee imprisoning towering city buildings I have found some gentle escape in this tiny wildlife haven. What used to be a plain and barren mown lawn is now landscaped to attract local wildlife. Plantings of wild flowers and the creation of two small ‘natural’ ponds has attracted an abundance of life that wasn’t there before. Proving just what can be done with a tiny scrap of green space.
No urban housing should be without a home for nature no matter how small.
Pondering by the pond
I like to ponder by the pond…Er.
Beneath the shade of the tree is where I like to be—gazing into the pond and pondering; perchance to focus the mind on nature for a little while. I notice a frog that has barely enough water to submerge himself in. Throughout May the weather had been exceptionally hot and the tiny pond’s water level has sunk to a very low depth. It is barely enough to accommodate the frog that I am watching. I‘m wondering if I should kiss him? But, I think Andrew (him indoors) might have something to say about it, if I returned home with some sort of a prince 👑
So, I leave him be and focus on the big bee behind him.
Then the wren turns up!
It is the wren’s bath time. I watch it bathe in the disappearing water. I have never been lucky enough to see a wren so close before! Never close enough to take a photo! I’ve heard them certainly! I have only ever seen the little wren in tantalising glimpses as it darts quickly about beneath hedges and undergrowth.
It came down right in front of me into the pond for a bath!
You can see the wren taking its bath in my short video—
The Wren and the Frog and the trill of the Blackbird
I was born in January and according to the Celts the little wren is my spirit animal. I can identify with that! I am little and can often be seen darting about beneath the undergrowth.
While I’m pondering by the pond…I ponder on the fact that once upon a time the beautiful little wren was hunted on a day of ‘wild revelry’ by ‘Wrenboys’ who would skewer them on poles or pitchforks to celebrate St Stephens Day or ‘Wren Day’ on 26th December! And it was considered lucky to be handed a feather from the luckless little songbird. Can you believe it!?
Not wanting to sign off on this gruesome note—I’ll leave you with a quote from one of our greatest poets.
Quote from his Auguries of Innocence—
He who shall hurt the little wrenWilliam Blake
Shall never be belov’d by men.