January 30th 2014

A Dunnock calling.

A Dunnock calling.

When I was growing up the Dunnock was called the house sparrow.  It’s name comes from the Ancient British word ‘dunnakos’ meaning little brown one. Males and females are very similar in plumage. It is robin-sized and spends most of it’s time feeding on insects on the ground or in hedges. It is shy and often overlooked. I think, with it’s streaked brown back, greyish head and chest and bright pink/orange legs, it is a bird worth taking more notice of. Its thin, tinkling song is also beautiful.                        Conditions: Flurries of snow and sleet, and heavy cloud al day. Temperature: Max 4 (at night!) and Min 2c (in the day)

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