Bit like a house sparrow but with a sharp beak!
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You can see the likeness, until you notice the beak.
I was castigated for referring to "hedge sparrows" when commenting on an earlier post, but to my parent's generation in the East Midlands, the word "dunnock" was completely unknown.
And what would they think of their other name - Hedge Accentor!
I've always known these as hedge sparrows. I know they're not sparrows but I think the common name somehow suits them. They look like sparrows and they live in hedges. I can't understand why you would be castigated for claiming such a common and well known name for these birds!!!
Just go out there and do it!!!
Hedge Sparrow is a correct common name which applies specifically to this species, and there are still people who know it by this name rather than Dunnock.
In the observation that Roger refers to ( http://ispot.org.uk/node/31232 ) it is true that both the OP and myself disagreed with the use of the name Hedge Sparrow. I wouldn't say that you were castigated for using the name though Roger (far too strong a term), we simply pointed out that we both prefer Dunnock to be used - and that is now probably the most widely used name for the species in Britain.
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