3rd January 2014

The often overlooked but beautifully marked Dunnock is one of the most common birds in UK gardens, and unusually for winter birds in the garden, it is likely to be the same individuals seen in winter as have been there through the rest of the year. On the whole they don’t move far. Only on the East coast are you likely to see overwintering migrants, from Scandinavia. What does change, when the weather is snowy or frosty, as in recent days, is their feeding habits. They are dominantly ground feeders but when the ground is frozen they will come to feeders more. In winter 

A Dunnock in the snow in the garden, eyeing the feeder above!

A Dunnock in the snow in the garden, eyeing the feeder above!

Dunnocks use feeders more in winter, hen food on the ground is harder to find

Dunnocks use feeders more in winter, hen food on the ground is harder to find

Dunnock- previously called Hedge Sparrows, have lovely markings

Dunnock- previously called Hedge Sparrows, have lovely markings

they have been observed feeding for 90% of daylight hours. so any food we put out i very valuable to them.They are vulnerable in extreme winters, when the more subordinate birds often don’t find enough food to survive. Conditions: A wet, cool day with very little breeze. Temperatures: Max 5,  Min -1

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