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Olybirder 28th February 2018 05:52 PM

Dunnock in the Snow
 
The Dunnocks in my garden were busy searching for food in the snow today.

E-M1 Mk2 and 300mm f4.



Ron

Walti 28th February 2018 06:34 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
OOOOOOooooooo.....


Snap!


iso 28th February 2018 06:42 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Oly - I always get 'twitchy' when Dunnocks turn up (excuse the Pun). But please remind me - Dunnocks are not Sparrows, so which is/are finch:)
Nice Pics too*chr

Walti 28th February 2018 07:47 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Dunnocks are also known as hedge sparrows - but I don't believe they're related!

PeterBirder 28th February 2018 10:50 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by iso (Post 441417)
Oly - I always get 'twitchy' when Dunnocks turn up (excuse the Pun). But please remind me - Dunnocks are not Sparrows, so which is/are finch:)
Nice Pics too*chr

The Dunnock (Prunella modularis) is one of a small family (5) of birds called Accentors. They are commonly called "Hedge Sparrows" because they look a bit like sparrows.

Sparrows such as the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) are part of a family of birds called Paseridae or Passerines.

Finches are yet another family called Fringillidae.

The three families are unrelated to each other.

Zuiko 1st March 2018 09:11 AM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
This weather must be a harsh blow to our birds at a time when they are thinking about nesting. Our feeders are as popular as ever this morning!

OM USer 1st March 2018 01:16 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PeterBirder (Post 441451)
The Dunnock (Prunella modularis) is one of a small family (5) of birds called Accentors. They are commonly called "Hedge Sparrows" because they look a bit like sparrows....

Sorry for asking the obvious but how do you tell them apart?

art frames 1st March 2018 01:27 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Lovely shots Ron. Snow is a great help in getting some action. Great to get the snow on them showing as well. *chr

We had an influx of birds to the garden this morning. So from about seven I have been shooting from my open bedroom window :) I have three cameras setup and have taken some lovely shots of a flock of mostly fieldfares with one redwing and some thrushes often 4-5 yards away in the Ivy covered tree. Totally enjoyable morning.

MJ224 1st March 2018 01:27 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Dunnocks have a grey mantle around their neck. They are jittery, ie shake or tremble a lot. They also move in a very shaky manner. Also have an interesting or different sex life. Which I wont go into here. read about it...*chr

Olybirder 1st March 2018 02:10 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Another distinctive feature of Dunnocks are their beautiful amber eyes and orange legs. They spend a lot of the time foraging for food on the ground and if there is a pair of them they keep flicking their wings to communicate with each other. As Mark has suggested in relation to their interesting social life, it is probably best not to know what they are saying. :)

Ron

Olybirder 1st March 2018 02:13 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by art frames (Post 441494)
We had an influx of birds to the garden this morning. So from about seven I have been shooting from my open bedroom window :) I have three cameras setup and have taken some lovely shots of a flock of mostly fieldfares with one redwing and some thrushes often 4-5 yards away in the Ivy covered tree. Totally enjoyable morning.

You have got some beautiful shots on your Flickr pages Peter. All I have had in the garden is two Dunnocks, one Robin and one Blue Tit, which disappeared as soon as I opened the kitchen door. :(

Ron

PeterBirder 1st March 2018 08:46 PM

Re: Dunnock in the Snow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OM USer (Post 441491)
Sorry for asking the obvious but how do you tell them apart?

These two links will show you the difference.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wi...house-sparrow/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wi...d-a-z/dunnock/


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