What’s this bird that came into my gar­den, please?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Q & A -

QCan you please help me by iden­ti­fy­ing this ju­ve­nile that ap­peared in my gar­den. De­spite ask­ing bird­ing friends, no one has given a con­clu­sive an­swer. Joe Ben­nett

AIt’s an adult Dun­nock, a species that, while wide­spread and nu­mer­ous, of­ten seems to cause ID headaches. We’d guess that’s be­cause of its low-key grey and brown colour­ing, and its rather skulk­ing habits – you can eas­ily miss them even when they’re liv­ing in your gar­den. The pose that this one has been pho­tographed in is mis­lead­ing, too – they typ­i­cally re­main on the ground, hold­ing their bod­ies close to the ground, while this one is be­ing rather bold.

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