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Taken in our garden a couple of days ago. The Dunnock (aka Hedgesparrow), isa small brown and grey bird. Quiet and unobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

It inhabits any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges. Look in deciduous woodland, farmland edges, parks and gardens. Keeps largely on the ground and often close to cover and they can be seen all year round. They feed on insects, spiders, worms and seeds.

The Latin name, Prunella modularis, means “little brown singer” and refers to the bird’s sweet melodious song.

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