I regularly get blackbirds and dunnocks
nesting in the bushes and ivy in my garden, and occasionally robins and wrens, while I don't doubt there are starlings in the eaves.
Birds along the woodland trail, such as robins, dunnocks
and blackbirds, as well as house sparrows around the visitor centre, have started to sing as they defend their nesting areas.
The cheery, if rather reedy, little ditty that is the hallmark of the relatively unprepossessing dunnocks
has also been ringing out.
Some of the scrub will be cut back to create a patchwork of grass, flowers and bushes, enabling the bramble to regenerate over the coming years and provide cover for nesting birds such as Whitethroats and Dunnocks
Thrushes and dunnocks
also prefer to feed on the ground and can be found searching among autumn leaves for insects and grubs.
Other good news is an increase in the numbers of more secretive birds like wrens and dunnocks
in Wales this year.
For instance, sunflower hearts attract coal tits and chaffinches, a ground mix will work for dunnocks
and wrens, while sparrows eat almost anything.
Our own, hard-working, native dunnocks
have to get up early in the morning to feed them, while the cuckoo idles about in the tree canopy.
It also provides excellent habitat for other bird species, the meadow pipits and dunnocks
, both of which become unsuspecting foster parents to cuckoo eggs.
Other losers were dunnocks
, down by 16% in Tyne Wear, 10% in County Durham and 12% in Northumberland.
Species nesting in hedges include blackbirds, wrens, robins, bullfinches, whitethroats, linnets, yellowhammers, dunnocks
and willow warblers.
and robins are among the earliest to warm up.