Now that it's spring, all kinds of birds that visit our garden here at Hazel Cottage are making more noise, and there is no bird noisier than the common starling. We have been watching them closely and we have heard some quite remarkable sounds! I never realised how much they mimic other birds - we heard a bird of prey followed by the quack of a duck today which sounded rather funny.
|Starling and winter jasmine in our garden|
We've been learning more also about the Dunnock. Its name means 'little brown one' and it is one of the unobtrusive birds in the garden, usually quietly hopping amongst the undergrowth. For such a small, generally quiet bird it has many names, hedge sparrow, accentor as well as dunnock. This time of year of course, the dunnock is singing beautifully - I think this year is the first time I've heard it sing and known what it was.
|Dunnock in a small hazel sapling|
|Today in the garden|