IT WAS QUITE A CHALLENGE TO MAKE THESE CRAP PICTURES OF ONE OF THE SMALLEST BIRD LIVING IN EUROPE, THE WREN. It has an enormous voice for its size, ten times louder, weight for weight.In the European folklore the Wren is the King of the Birds. According a fable of Aesop, long ago the birds held a contest to see who could fly the highest; this one should become the King of the Birds. At first it looked as though the Eagle would win easily. But just as the Eagle began to tire, the Wren, which had hidden under the Eagle's tail feathers, crept out, soared far above and shouted: "I'm the King!" Thus the Wren proved that cleverness is better than strength. The Wren's majesty is recognized in such stories as the Grimm Brothers' The Willow-Wren and the Bear. Aristotle and Plutarch called the Wren basileus (king) and basiliskos (little king). In Japan the Wren is also called King of the Winds.
It was a sacred bird to the Druids, who considered it "supreme among all the birds", and used its musical notes for divination. The shape-shifting Fairy Queen took the form of a Wren, known as "Jenny Wren" in nursery rhymes. A Wren's feather was thought to be a charm against disaster or drowning.ALTHOUGH IS NOT A LIFER FOR ME, NEVER SAW ONE IN BUCHAREST. THIS TINY BIRD WAS THE REASON I JOINED BIRDFORUM IN 2004, BECAUSE DURING A TRIP IN CARPATHIANS I SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME ONE OF THESE DARING LITTLE BIRDS IN ACTION. NOBODY COULD TELL ME WHAT SPECIES IT WAS, SO I GOT SOON THE HOBBY OF BIRDWATCHING AND I AM GLAD I COULD LEARN AND ENJOY THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF BIRDS. I WAS LUCKY ALSO TO SPEND MANY YEARS IN DANUBE DELTA, WHERE IS A REALM OF AT LEAST 300 SPECIES OF BIRDS.