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AlphabetPhoto: D is for…

dunnock nest in handsWe have a nature table. The children love to add their nature finds. Every now and again, the area has to be sorted and carefully cleared of the items that are no longer suitable.

Today I uncovered the dunnock’s nest from last year. We had the best view imaginable of the dunnock pair hopping in and out of the ivy that covered the fence. We could get ready in the morning and watch them from our conservatory, without fear of disturbing them.

We watched them have two broods and, once the area had gone quiet, we peeked. One lone egg remained. So we left it alone, just in case. A few weeks later it was still there. Abandoned.

dunnock nestI love the blue, and the pointed end. Looks almost similar in shape to a cliff laying bird’s egg. The adult birds are brown and ….dare I say it…..a bit dull. Eek! I used to mistake them for house sparrows. Dunnocks are indeed also known as hedge sparrows.

Having watched our pair of dunnocks, I really appreciate how dedicated they were in raising their brood. So cautious. They never flew straight to the nest. Always zig-zagging to try to fool us watchers.

The nest is light to hold. The inside is more spongy than I imagined. A good layer of moss and sheeps wool. The outside is made up of bigger twigs. Including some from our Tamarisk tree. The children love spotting the different building materials that make up the nest.

Joining in with #AlphabetPhoto today. Pop over to PODCast and see the other “Ds”. Any one else chosen D for dunnock?

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