Dunnock – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Dunnocks are beautiful birds but it’s hard to tell they’re so beautiful because they keep in the shadows, in hedges and under cover so it’s rare to get a decent sighting of one. Here’s one hiding from me in a hedge:

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

That’s why they are also known as Hedge Sparrows, which is what I wrote in my nature notebooks forty years ago when I was twelve years old:

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dun means brown and you might be forgiven for thinking that Dunnocks are dull brown birds. Not so. They’re all shades of grey and brown with beautiful patterns:

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Finally, here’s a Dunnock almost lost in the leaf litter with its stunning camouflage:

Dunnock - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

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