Monday, 22 March 2010

Territorial Dunnock.

During the past few days one male Dunnock (Prunella modularis) has been announcing his territorial ownership by singing from the highest perch he could find in a conifer situated in a neighbours garden.
Similar in size to our Robin with a warbler-like bill he loudly projected his even pitch, shuttling song, (sometimes said to be like a squeaking gate or trolley wheels) and was constantly answered by another male calling from a much taller conifer 100 yards away.
A flutter of his wings as he repositioned himself.
He then took up a stationery pose once his opponent stopped singing. Generally a quiet, unobtrusive bird that is often overlooked as it skulks through the undergrowth and belies its spicy sex life which I won't recount here but you can check out a piece I posted a year ago for more detail, if you are interested.  FAB.

13 comments:

  1. ...love that wing shot in the second photo! I remember reading that post last year! He is quite the little devil!

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  2. There's a couple of these singing on the route I take the dog for a walk in the mornings. Always in good voice. Lovely little birds.

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  3. Hi Frank,
    Wow this is a nice post man! You got it very well. This is a bird I've only seen once in France even if it is really common...

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  4. Hi Frank, I like to see a male Dunnock like that. Its so out of its normal character and it does have an amazing song.

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  5. I too love the wingshot. Very nice series! Just really like your blog.

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  6. Wow..That's what I call winging it! great shot!

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  7. Snap,
    I got a Dunnock photo today. They were about the only thing to brave th wind!

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  8. Hello Frank. Really enjoyed your post.
    So lovely to hear the birds at this time of year particularly early in the morning. So nice to wake up too. Although a keen interest, I'm too much of a novice to relate sounds to a particular bird.
    Kindest Regards

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  9. That is a wonderful bird, its song is tremendous.

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  10. That second image is fabulous!! :) Nice series...
    Regards,
    Angad

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  11. Hi Kelly, Keith, Chris, Roy, Mona, Susan, Warren, Shirleyanne, Bob and Angad.

    The early morning chorus is beginning to increase day by day in volume and the Dunnock adds it's own special sounds to the orchestra. FAB.

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  12. The Dunnock's wings fluttering is too cute.....absolutely wonderful picture!!!!!

    I did try again to practice a little birdwatching....but I am not as fortunate as you! Living in a protected hilly natural parc, on top of a hill, I do hear early in the morning an amazing "birdsong concert"; I can see a lot of birds; but they are soooo shy and fly away so quick..!
    I have to do some more practice!!
    ...Till then I follow and enjoy your wonderful birdwatching photos!
    Have a wonderful week!
    ciao ciao elvira

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  13. Elvira. Patience and practise are a very good motto for birdwatching plus a pair of binoculars helps!
    Keep watching and listening. Ciao, ciao FAB.

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