D Birds

Woke up this morning to find the easterly gales overnight have dumped a good layer of the white stuff on us and is still adding to it.  It’s being called the ‘Beast from the East part 2’ after the storm of 2018.  Well it makes a change from rain, we have just had the wettest Dec/Jan for over 100 years.

Time to put out a post and it’s Lisa’s bird weekly photo challenge.


Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

The Dunnock is a small unassuming ‘little brown job’.  It’s quite common and most gardens will have a pair or so creeping about under the hedges.  I say a pair or so as the Dunnock has a rather interesting sex life which I will not go into here, if you want to know more ask uncle google.  Years back we used to call this bird the Hedge Sparrow but a sparrow it ain’t, this is a member of the Accentor family.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Three wise Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

For you Lisa….Dunlin.  Got a few shots of these hyperactive little waders mostly, like this trio, in winter plumage.  Come spring, before they head back north to their breeding grounds, the wings and back moult to a lovely chequered chestnut and the belly is black.

Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

My last offering for this challenge is a bit of a rarity.  The Desert Wheatear normally lives in Nth Africa the Middle East and into Asia.  However each autumn usually sees one or two of these birds take a wrong turn and end up here in the UK.  This particular one is quite nice as it’s a male in near full adult plumage, the female lacks the black.  If you are wondering where the name ‘Wheatear’ comes from well back in the middle ages it was called the ‘White Arse’ as this family has white rump feathers.

So don’t forget to give Lisa’s post a look and check out the other blogs taking part.  Why not join in.

Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds Beginning with the Letter “D”



23 thoughts on “D Birds

  1. Interesting group of birds and lovely set of shots. That Wheatear is a pretty boy. Of course you totally caught my attention with the demure nod to Google on the Dunnock. Checking that out…:)

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  2. Entertainment and education – double score! Would have guessed that first one was in the sparrow family Those hyper Dunlins are extremely hard to get in the tin – nice job there. Clearly jealous on that last one – now that is a sharp looking bird if I say so myself. I shall weave in “wheatear” in my current Adobe profanity tirades hehehe. Great post as always B! Need to get in on these challenges as soon as I can get my software up and running again.

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  3. I have been out of commission for a couple of days. So sorry it has taken so long to reply. First….thank you for the Dunlins! Second….you really brightened my day with the story of the Desert Wheatear. White Arse…LOL! Hope your weather gets better soon. It’s been quite wintery in the states too, especially in the Northern states but tomorrow our temps are going to feel like summer here in Florida. Only for a day and then we get back to normal. 🙂

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  4. Missed this for some reason, Mr B. >Face facts, It’s probably ‘cos we just don’t like you! 😉
    Needless to say, a rather nice offering as per usual.

    I have no recollection of seeing any of the birds you have featured while I was growing up in the UK. All I remember were sparrows, blackbirds and rooks or the occasional seagull when we went to the ‘seaside’ – and I had a number of bird books and considered myself to be, even at the young age of 12/13, an avid amateur bird watcher.
    Last year my dad was enthusing over a pair of Goldfinch that had become regular visitors to their small back garden. I never ever saw even a perishing Blue Tit let alone a damn Goldfinch!
    They all probably went and hid every time I wandered outside!

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