Dunnocks and bouncing hail, today! Many birds are showing mating or nesting behaviour by now. The Dunnocks are wing- and tail-flicking to attract females. Dunnocks have recently been discovered to have very varied mating behaviours. Some pairs are monogamous, some breeding involves 2 males with one or 2 females and in some cases a male from another territory has been discovered pecking at the cloaca of a female to dislodge any previous sperm before mating with the female himself. While watching the displaying Dunnocks (they were called Hedge Sparrows when we were young) a very heavy hailstorm occurred with the hail bouncing several inches back off the ground, it landed with such a thud! Conditions: Cool with some sun and showers.
Temperature: Max 7- Min 2c.