Dunnocks are frisky little birds and their pre and post nuptial shenanigans are well known. They are a lot commoner than you might think and although unobtrusive outside of the breeding season they can often be one of the commonest singing birds this time of year. Listen out for thin, reedy but actually quite beautiful little song that is often given full in the open this time of year.

Grey, brown and understated yet subtle and full of character... I am sounding more and more like a culinary critic!

(Neil Hughes)

(Martin Burke)