"If our findings can influence planning decisions, that is fantastic." Rings have been fitted to six common garden species - hedge sparrow
, great tit, robin, long-tailed tit, blue tit and coal tit.
The dunnocK is also the name of a hedge sparrow
. Dave says: "A few years ago, whilst researching the ale and public houses of Golcar, I met a gentleman of the area called JacK.
The Statue of Liberty was given to the USA as Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 Dr Hannibal Lecter; 2 France; 3 Hedge sparrow
; 4 Ipswich; 5 An insect; 6 Coins and medals; 7 Gavin Hastings; 8 William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan; 9 Aneurin (Nye) Bevan; 10 Poland.
This is the dunnock, also blessed with the names of "accentor" and "hedge sparrow
"I know it as the word for a hedge sparrow
but have no idea what prompted its local popularity.
WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN: Myrna Loy; Hedge sparrow
; Hungary; 1905.
No- one knows how,but a hen cuckoo has a curious knack of producing an egg remarkably similar to that of the host species - she will lay a speckled egg in a reed warblers nest and a turquoise egg in that of a hedge sparrow
, so that the host birds will not be aware of the ruse.
Their dad Steve, an engineer, would love to tinker with the engine all weekend but our 65ft narrowboat Hedge Sparrow
requires no more than the ability to turn a key.
These habitats support species such as otter, lapwing, skylark, hedge sparrow
, orchids and rare grasses, which will in turn benefit from the new initiative.
Tits and finches prefer tables and feeders up to 2m above the ground; robins, blackbirds and thrushes tend to feed on the ground though will visit tables; the dunnock or hedge sparrow
feeds only on the ground; house sparrows and starlings will feed anywhere.
This week, from a Merseyside garden, I could hear blackbirds, robin, wren, hedge sparrow
, song thrush - even skylark in the distance.
But robins are put in the shade by the hedge sparrow
, the Alan Clark of the bird world.