If you can't beat them...

By Jerra

Dunnock. (Prunella modularis)

When I was a lad we called Dunnocks "Blue Dykies" but the bird books called the Hedge Sparrows.   Apart from the fact they aren't Sparrows it is a singularly appropriate name.

They prefer spending time on the ground or under deep cover.  Hedges provided good cover to pop out from occasionally and being a low level/ground nester they are ideal  habitat.  Normally the only time a Dunnock os stationary for more than a few seconds and in clear view is when the male is "song posting" to mark his territory.

One of our resident pair does sometimes venture 1.3 m (4 ft) off the ground to see what is in the seed feeding tray.Still very waryas the stance suggests it is still long enough for a blip.

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