I am recovering from the most horrendous migraine ever. So I will keep this short.
The Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus is the Shetland wren, the local variety of Winter Wren that lives in Britain.
A few years back, I found Mr and Mrs Wren had built a superb nest under one of our saddle panels!
They had cleverly used all the loose horse hair, some moss and bits of straw and the nest was firmly wedged in.
Mr and Mrs W came and went with various household necessities for their impending new family and seemed totally unpeturbed by us and our horses. They were a regular sight and we grew very fond of these lovely little birds.
This was a busy place but we didn’t want to disturb her so we crept around for ages and used other saddles. Our efforts were rewarded and one day there were bebbies!
I think they all fledged and there were no mishaps. We still have wrens in the school and I always wonder if they are related to the original family. As neighbours go, they were never any trouble. I am very fond of wrens.