rof twitchers - dunnock
Wang's Upon a Time 09 Jul 19 08:27
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I forget who called this the other day (Peter Princ?) but thanks to them I deffo id'd a cheeky duo who live in the open common and hedgerow on my daily walk to the station.  

I have learned from wiki that they are also known as accentors.  my m7 dave lived in accentor's close (we grew up on a development where all rds were named for birds after the l8 gr7 gilbert white).*

 

*if any1 bar strutter has heard of him I'll be shocked

Gilbert White - the Natural History of Selborne. Have you actually read his books? The work that he put into identifying every living thing in the area was fascinating. It is not a catalogue but like a very early Attenborough narrative.

PS Dunnocks really are the nothing birds of Britain

I have indeed.  I've also drunk beer brewed to his recipie (triple F i think).  it is very strong and taste like a dog's arse.

the museum is interesting tho 

I like his house and the fact that he is venerated in this way. Important man. If you asked Sir David A he would call him out as one of the influential pioneers alongside Charles Darwin. Less earth shattering, less high profile, more of a local vicar pottering about, but equally dedicated and forensic.

'twas indeed I who suggested the dunnock for you.

They first came to my attention when fishing about 15 miles out to sea and one landed on our boat.  It was knackered and rode with us part of the way back until it spotted land and set off again.

these are two a penny. Why the excitement? It's like saying "ooh, feral Pigeon" in Trafalgar Sq.

I thought dunnocks were a different thing to hedge sparrows

Well I have only ever seen them in this one specific place.  They are cheer and tuneful fellows.

I did send u a (n admittedly terrible) photo of one the first time i spotted it M old chap and you didnae id it.

Lap of the office to PP

You described them as about the size of a thrush. Dunnocks are the size of a robin.

 

 

*the teabagging, not the mis-sizing of dunnocks

PS mutters i seem to have deleted ur mob no in a phone change, i was gonna send u shrewage

I have not received a text from you. I have sent you my mobile number again (or have you changed your num?)

Muttley09 Jul 19 09:44

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You described them as about the size of a thrush. Dunnocks are the size of a robin.

 

 

Wang's Upon a Time09 Jul 19 09:44

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That is the hampshire way

 

 

Yes, the Hampshire way often involves describing things as three times their actual size then causing disappointment when the truth becomes plain

It's usually too late for the mark to back out by then tho as strutter will attest...

Of course I've heard of Gilbert White!! I spent my birthday before last at his house. And in the Selborne Arms, ofc.

"Yes, the Hampshire way often involves describing things as three times their actual size then causing disappointment when the truth becomes plain"

You see those grey squirrels? They're the size of a bear.

Potentially a bit outy but we held our wedding reception at Gilbert White's house in Selborne.

 

 

I appreciate that I am a bit late to the thread, but I have heard of Gilbert White and been to his house ....

Fun Dunnock fact - in the breeding season males have one of the largest if not the largest cloacal protuberance of any similar sized bird