On a snowy morning spotted this dunnock feeding at the bird table.
For privacy reason, won't put the exact location, except to say it is somewhere in Frankton.
heard by Ruud
A short visit to the Selwyn Huts revealed on the walk to the mouth of the Selwyn River a large number of dunnocks, with the males choosing mostly dry harakeke stalks as their singing posts. A lot of singing activity. Skylark were also singing vigorously.
The dunnock (Prunella modularis) is a small passerine bird, or perching bird, found throughout temperate Europe and into Asia. It is by far the most widespread member of the accentor family, which otherwise consists of mountain species. Other common names of the dunnock include, the Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow, or Hedge Warbler. The name "dunnock" comes from the Ancient British *dunnākos, meaning "little brown one."