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Have you ever been out in the field and called it a Hedge Accentor! It's a Dunnock!!
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I did once and it sounded completely daft, it will always be a Dunnock or a Hedge Sparrow. However iSpot seems to like changing it to Hedge Accentor, next time I'll over ride it.
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My Dad always called these birds Blue Isaacs and I remember as a child trying to 'correct' him! I know we were encouraged to use Dunnock in those days in my local bird group because they said it was not a sparrow. I agree Hedge Accentor is a bit of a mouthfull - perhaps people will start saying 'I've seen a Hedge' and how confusing that will be.
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What is the provenance for calling a Dunnock a Hedge Accentor. It's not the IOC checklist which lists it as Dunnock.
Not sure really but it's one of many names for this bird and it is the iSpot default. If you enter Dunnock it is automatically altered to Hedge Accentor. You could always contact iSpot and ask their reasoning. This link might assist you.
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