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Dunnock

Observed: 16th March 2012 By: Rachy RamoneRachy Ramone’s reputation in BirdsRachy Ramone’s reputation in Birds
Dunnock
Description:

I know this one! I usually have one in the garden, sometimes two, scrabbling about around the base of the plants. They don't like to fly up to the bird table, but prefer scritting around under cover.

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Comments

Ray Turner's picture

That’s D U N N O C K!

I agree on the name Rachy. Every reference I have, including Birds of the World Recommended English Names, Gill and Wright for the International Ornithological Congress and the latest Collins guide (which seems to be up to date with most of the changes in taxonomy) have P. modularis as Dunnock.

Ray

Ray

Rachy Ramone's picture

Oh good!

Thanks, Ray, glad it's not just me! I know that sometimes these "common names" are a bit regional, but I mean, Hedge Accentor?

Never heard of it!

Rachy Ramone

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Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
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Amadan's picture

I grew up in south Derbyshire -

and never heard the name "Dunnock"" (nor "Hedge Accentor", either) until I moved to Worcestershire. To me they were "Hedge Sparrows", although we were told that they weren't really sparrows at all. Nevertheless, that name was used by everyone I knew.

Ray Turner's picture

London Too

As a child growing up in SE London Hedge Sparrow and Dunnock were more or less interchangeable, though the former dropped out of use after a while.
I think I wanted to use Dunnock because I knew it was the proper name and therefore made me more grownup.

Ray

Ray

Rachy Ramone's picture

That's so sweet!

Hi Ray,

Your comment made me LOL, as the kids say: yes, I also use "Dunnock" in preference to "Hedge Sparrow" (a silly name, as they are not sparrows)as it sounds more grown up.

And I'm a Londoner, too!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY