Winter Wren at Todmorden Mills: March 2021

I can imagine a hungry Winter Wren heading north to its breeding grounds looking down and seeing the damp shaded areas at Todmorden and considering it as a perfect spot to rest and find food.

I have done over 100 June Breeding Bird Surveys in Northern Ontario and the Winter Wren is one of our most common singers.

Here is a splendid video of their singing:

Sibley Birds gives a perfect description of their behaviour: – climbs over fallen logs and overturned stumps, or in brush piles, working in and out of crevices and through tangles of branches.

I was able to get a photo of today’s wren after much searching:

Winter Wren

Some Todmorden botany:

White Spruce cones
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Silver Maple flowers
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Eastern Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)


from Macbeth:

– for the poor wren,
The most diminutive of birds, will fight,
Her young ones in her nest, against the owl. – Shakespeare

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Winter Wren at Todmorden Mills: March 2021

  1. Gloria James

    The song of the winter wren is familiar . I’ve heard this tune many times around our cottage but never identified the bird. Thanks for the photos.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    Another favorite place! And what a terrific picture you got of that Winter Wren! Thank you so much for including a Wren singing. Almost like being there! And again, such wonderful close-ups of botanical details. Thanks, Miles!

  3. Charles Bruce-Thompson

    On behalf of all the Todmorden stewards, I can’t tell you how happy I am that you didn’t find any buckthorn there – or if you did, that you didn’t post any photos

    1. Pamela Parker

      I second that.
      My brother is working hard in Puslinch to get rid of that awful buckthorn. He uses a horse to pull the plant out of the ground.


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