April 11th   Leave a comment

Dunnocks are very common in Crail but often overlooked. Their other name – hedge sparrow – and the phrase “dull as a dunnock” doesn’t lend them much glamour, But they are worth noticing. Greyer and with a finer bill than a sparrow, they creep around on the ground very delicately. Dunnocks are amazingly tolerant of people and the environments we create. There is hardly a garden or field edge or copse in the UK without a dunnock. They are probably more human adapted than even house sparrows. I have one singing away in a rose bush just by my back door and its neat nest will be tucked away nearby, with a clutch of tiny, bright blue eggs.

One of my back garden dunnocks singing this morning

Posted April 11, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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