A small brown and grey bird. Quiet and inobtrusive, it is often seen on its own, creeping along the edge of a flower bed or near to a bush, moving with a rather nervous, shuffling gait, often flicking its wings as it goes. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

I often get mixed up with the Dunnock and the house Sparrow. They are always seen together in my garden and they are about the same in number. I had never seen them before we made the garden a wildlife friendly place. When we started we only saw one come into the garden and now there are maybe 20 or so. That makes me happy to know they are breeding successfully. What a joy it is to be able to see nature and know you are helping in some small way.

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