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As the flow of migrating birds begins to slow, I’m seeing less of the locally unusual and more of the rowdy residents and, apart from a multitude of Meadow pipits flitting about the fields at Cosmeston on Monday, the highlights of my birding this week have been my encounters with these two wee Wrens.

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The first was tiny, sitting crouched on the coastal path, looking as if it should really be back in the cosiness of its nest, though when I slowly approached to encourage it off the path, it scuttled away quickly to shelter amongst the foliage. It may have looked young and a little poorly but I think that as long as its parents were nearby, it should be just fine.

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My second Wren encounter came during a quick circuit of Cosmeston’s east and west paddocks between belts of rain on Wednesday. I could see and hear birds feeding amongst the umbellifers and initially thought they were all Goldfinches and Linnets, when up popped this young Wren just in front of me.

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My Kiwi friends will understand when I say it looked like a possum in the headlights – it froze, unsure whether to feed or flee, not knowing if I presented a threat or could be ignored. I was able to walk a few steps closer and get quite a few photos before it decided that disappearing down into the long grass really was the safest option.

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