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The Wet Woodland Bird Survey


Dunnock       Prunella modularis

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Appearance A sparrow-type bird (it is also called a Hedge Sparrow as a result), it seldom moves far from cover. The back and wings are brown, liberally streaked with black, with brown streaking on the sides of a buffish white belly. The head, neck and breast are grey. 
Size: 14-15cm tall
Voice Jingling, staccato warble.
Habitat Gardens, heaths, woods and fields with hedges.
Food Insects and berries.
Breeding Habits 4-5 eggs in a cup like-nest in a tree or a bush.  Incubation takes 12-13 days and fledging takes 12 days. 
2-3 broods per year; April-May.
Location in Wet Woodland It was heard singing once in bushes on the edge of the stony area.  The other areas of the wet woodland do not have enough bushes or open areas for Dunnocks.


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