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Journal Entry: Tue Feb 2, 2010, 12:50 PM


Hey there

This is the first in a new series of features I'm planning, focusing on different species of birds!

I've recently become unemployed, and while that's obviously not good, it has given me time to do a little birdwatching. I've always loved birds, and I've always tried to learn about different species. I've managed to photograph something like 80 species of birds.

So, for this first feature, I've picked the Dunnock!

From the RSPB: "A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and inobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling."

Dunnock by Photosbykev dunnock by nakitez Dunnock by pjropes Dunnock by cycoze The Dunnock by sublime69 Dunnock by RossoCorvino Dunnock in the trees by Kyasarin121 Prunella's wintersong by Lentekriebel Dunnock - Prunella modularis by WestLothian Dunnock 2 by fremlin

The RSPB also lists these lovely little birds as being an Amber Status species, meaning that sadly, they are in decline.

If there's any particular species you want me to feature, lemme know!!!

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Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring one of my pictures!! :thanks:
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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dcestes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hey thanks for the feature!
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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cycoze Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You very much for the feature :) we have severalDunnock visit our garden now.
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)

We don't get them in our garden at all, but there are some living in the hedgerows on a farm a few minutes walk away :)
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Grofica Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Thanks a lot for the feature:)
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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Gary-G-09 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Photographer
wonderful feature on a beautiful little bird, once called the hedge sparrow but now the Dunnock and very sad its in decline, hopefully it may pick up, but unfortuantely the enviroment is changing all the time, but not for the good of this beautiful bird!
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)

It was renamed when it was realised to be in a different group of birds altogether as it's an accentor.

Sadly Tree and House Sparrows are in even more difficulty...both are on the red list :(

I'm just glad that in the past few years many species in decline have began to recover slightly...I hope that trend continues :)
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Gary-G-09 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Photographer
i hope so too.. the amount of sparrows i saw as a kid was in huge proportions, i think i seen 4 in the past year! :(
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've not one in months...it's awful :(

At least they're doing okay in other countries :)
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Gary-G-09 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Photographer
thats good to hear at least :)
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AkriLiQ Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :)
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's lovely..the Dunnock seems quite like some sparrows I've seen
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
They are very similar...they're sort of in between Sparrows and Wrens...they're lovely little things :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.. that explains it! I'm getting almost all sparrows at my feeders with the occasional blue jay this year.. the cardinals haven't been around.and the tits and chickadees are scarce also.. dont know why..
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
We don't get jays, cardinals and chickadees here sadly :(

We've had more birds at our feeders this year: Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Robins, Pigeons, Collared Doves, Song Thrushes, Starlings, Carrion Crows, Rooks and Pied Wagtails...loads more than normal, lol!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe mine are vacationing.. I dont know.. the past two years I got lots of others.. same seed.. same feeder.. I wonder where they went!
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I've had a similar worry...We used to have a lot of Swans in our village...sometimes about 20 adults and 3 or 4 breeding pairs...this year we had one breeding pair (though all seven Cygnets made it) and no other adults.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its odd isnt it!
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plume35 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I like the "20 under 30" collection ! :rose:
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Susan-K-Dailey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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