Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

by Bob Chappell January. 23, 2021 228 views
Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), September 2020

Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Barnwell Country Park (Northants), September 2020

I am not alone in thinking the dunnock one of our most un-appreciated little birds. From a distance this is a dull brown bird, often skulking in the undergrowth searching for food, but also a confident songster perching on trees, hedges or fences declaring its territory with a short burst of song. When you see the plumage in detail, I trust you will agree that there is some rather impressive detail.

We see dunnocks in our garden every day, although rarely (if ever) on a feeder. They can, however, be persuaded to feed from tables or logs. I photographed this one at Barnwell Country Park last autumn.

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Adrian Morris 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice picture. Like you I am pleased to see a dunnock in our garden.

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Warren Edwards 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The lesser colorful birds do have impressive plumage and are just as proud as Peacocks when displaying it

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Robin Fuller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree with you that the dunnock's plumage is beautifully marked. A handsome little bird.

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