A Tale of a Dunnock and a Robin

This spring our yarden has once again been visited by dunnocks and robins. David had the inspired idea of putting my action camera in the ground cage feeder, in the hope of getting some footage of our little feathered friends. The trial was a success and we got some wonderful footage of a visiting dunnock (who seems a little poser) and a flighty robin.


Voted the UK’s National bird in 2015, and featured at number 7 in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2017. The robin is recognised by many due to their red breast. Their sweet song can be heard all year round, not just in the spring. Both sexes look alike but their young are speckled brown. However cute they look they are very territorial and can fight to the death!

They are of similar size and have the same diet as the dunnock, hence chasing dunnocks from gardens.


I have to admit, the dunnock is one of my favourite birds. This small, quiet bird flickers about the undergrowth snatching at insects. The male’s short, yet cheery song is mostly heard of a spring but I have heard them singing come Christmastime. They are, like the robin, a ground feeder, eating insects and berries. They will eat seeds and suet come winter. Their nests are often parasitised by the cuckoo. They have colourful sex lives, most are polyandrous (one female to a number of males) or polygynous (one male to a number of females). This ensures that more than one mate will tend to the young.

I have been bowled over by how good the footage of the dunnock and the robin is. It is definitely a technique we will attempt again, perhaps on the hanging feeders!

Which garden bird is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by,

Christine x

Shopping List: washing line!

Right that is it! No more miss nice girl! I am sick and tired of about 10 Pigeons converging in my back garden. I wouldn’t mind feeding them the kitchen scraps, like stale bread and rice but they constantly enter my grown feeder cage and today was the final straw!

I saw about five Pigeons surrounding the cage, eating all the seed I had left the previous evening, but what really upset me was that in between the branches of our little tree was, the Dunnock, trying to jump down for food. 😦 The Pigeons are about five times as big as the Dunnock and the poor little guy didn’t get a look in of the food as the Pigeons scared him away 😦

I am going to purchase some washing line tomorrow so I can wrap it around the cage in the hope to prevent the Pigeons getting in. Knowing my luck the Dunnock will either find somewhere else to eat or worse still, die of cold and starvation! I am not very happy!

Apart from that I have seen quite a few Blue Tit couples, don’t know if it is the same couple or several, but they have been enjoying the sunflower seeds and fat balls left out for them. I just wish the Dunnock would adapt and find a way of feeding from the hanging feeders, it would make my life happier and I’d say his slightly better too.