The Dunnock is what birdwatchers would call a “Little Brown Job” or LBJ.
Its country name in the UK is Hedge Sparrow but in fact it is not a sparrow. It is a member of the Accentor family.
I caught this chap singing to his nearby mate whilst I was out walking in the Rusland Valley in the south of the English Lake District during the wonderfully balmy early Spring weather (now sadly a memory)
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Tamron 70-300 zoom,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix


dunnock, hedge sparrow, accentor, passerine, lake district, cumbria

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 2 years ago

    How sweet!! What a wonderful capture Jamie!! :O]

  • Thanks Trace,it was a lovely little song

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 2 years ago

  • Thank you Valerie

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    A perfect gentleman of the hedgerow, methinks. Glad to know he was singing sweetly to his beloved & not hurling epithets in your direction. A fine shot, VR. His positioning & eye-catching green are enchanting if not charming. Even.

  • I know epithets when I hear ’em. Are you seeing him as green? He should be brown.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 2 years ago

    Must have been a past president of the USA, great shot, did not realise they carried such well defined markings or maybe it ’s my eyes.

  • It’s your eyes and they are normally skulking in shadow.They are very overlooked birds and I find them quite pretty.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

    There’s a chirpy little fellow Jamie – there are many birds I don’t remember when living in the UK.
    just think of a sparrow as a sparrow ! Lovely capture.

  • Ah,but you also have these in’s an extract from Wikipedia…..“They were introduced to New Zealand between 1867 and 1882 and now breed throughout the country including on the Chatham, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell islands”

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillover 2 years ago

    Its always amazing to me how loud such little birds can sing with (seemingly) no effort at all! ;-D
    >blows kisses<


  • How did I miss this comment? Soooo sorry my friend. They are very good at loud

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot! Great timing! Interesting article!

  • Thanks very much Franco

    – VoluntaryRanger

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