A strawbale building is under construction on the St.Ann’s Community Orchard, and it already has an occupant. A Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) has built a nest amongst the insulation at the top of the building’s timber frame, and accessing the nest via a hole in the soffits which is yet to be closed up. I was able to take a couple of photos; they’re not great quality, as I didn’t want to get too close, nor to use the flash, for fear of alarming the birds.
The nest is a well-constructed ball of vegetation, with just a narrow opening near the top; this is probably the origin of the bird’s latin name, which means “cave dweller”. In this photo, an adult bird can be seen at the nest’s entrance, regarding me warily, whilst the yellow gaping mouth of one of the hungry chicks is also visible….
In the second photo, the adult bird can be seen out of the nest, about to go foraging for caterpillars to feed the chicks with….
The birds seems fairly used to people, and untroubled by the ongoing building work! Hopefully the building’s first occupants will successfully fly the nest in due course…