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    Hi John/all

    Came across several Dunnock yesterday and today. Most of them fled long before I reached them but this one seemed a lot less timid. He allowed me to take 6 shots over about 2 minutes. He hopped from the fence to the grass verge and busied himself throwing leaves and twigs to one side in search of food. No, I did not have the dog with me at the time and it does prove its easier without him.





    PeterD

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    Re: Dunnock

    Originally posted by PeterD View Post
    Hi John/all

    Came across several Dunnock yesterday and today. Most of them fled long before I reached them but this one seemed a lot less timid. He allowed me to take 6 shots over about 2 minutes. He hopped from the fence to the grass verge and busied himself throwing leaves and twigs to one side in search of food. No, I did not have the dog with me at the time and it does prove its easier without him.





    PeterD
    Are Dunnock's rare? Must admit I wasn't too aware of the existence of this bird until people started to post pictures

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      Re: Dunnock

      It has "Amber" status on the RSPB's website - not urgently threatened, but of concern http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/bird..._explained.asp
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        Re: Dunnock

        Originally posted by HughofBardfield View Post
        It has "Amber" status on the RSPB's website - not urgently threatened, but of concern
        Hmm, I'm suprised! I would have thought they were as common as robins, from my observations.

        Nice little birds that just bustle around on the ground, keeping themselves to themselves. They've got a nice song too, but a bit hurried!

        Jim

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        • #5
          Re: Dunnock

          Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
          Hmm, I'm suprised! I would have thought they were as common as robins, from my observations.

          Nice little birds that just bustle around on the ground, keeping themselves to themselves. They've got a nice song too, but a bit hurried!

          Jim

          A lot of people mistake them for female sparrows at 1st glance and hence IMHO I think personally that they are more common than the records (even RSPB) would indicate.

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            Re: Dunnock

            Originally posted by shenstone View Post
            A lot of people mistake them for female sparrows at 1st glance and hence IMHO I think personally that they are more common than the records (even RSPB) would indicate.

            Regards
            Andy
            Andy,

            It took me over an hour to positively identify it even though I am using the latest Collins Bird Guide. Lots of birds of this colouring and I agree, most people would describe them as sparrows. There seem to be quite a few around Broadmarsh/Southmoor.

            PeterD

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            • #7
              Re: Dunnock

              I'd tend to agree with Andy and think they are a little more common than even the Amber status of the RSPB suggests. I've seen many of them around my garden feeder, even young fluttering about pestering their parents to feed 'em.
              John

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              • #8
                Re: Dunnock

                Originally posted by PeterD View Post
                Andy,
                It took me over an hour to positively identify it even though I am using the latest Collins Bird Guide. Lots of birds of this colouring and I agree, most people would describe them as sparrows. There seem to be quite a few around Broadmarsh/Southmoor.
                PeterD
                They're often called 'hedge sparrows', though they're not related. When you start to spot them they're quite different to female house sparrows - the markings on the back are finer and the beak is thinner. Their habits are different - they keep mostly to the ground and their activities are rather mouse like as forage.

                Jim

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                • #9
                  Re: Dunnock

                  A Dunnock is frequently in my garden, which is right besides the A428 in Bedford and is one of the rarer birds there as it is a bit hostile to them, though did have a couple of Redwings the other day which I photographed on my E-330, but the file is too big to upload so I can`t show you them , or my Dunnock!

                  Paddy.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Dunnock

                    We've got a pair of Dunnocks in our garden, they're very shy.

                    @ Paddy - you can resize your pictures using your usual editing software, make sure you save them with a different name from the original or it'll be overwritten, as I learned to my cost
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