One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for dunnock
- ‘John also reared and released 12 starlings, 11 house martins, eight blackbirds, three bluetits, three hedge sparrows and a ferret.’
- ‘If the hedgerow can support some hedge sparrows, a declining species, then so much the better.’
- ‘The birds are looking distinctly broody, and there's been a pair of hedge sparrows doing a bit of courting outside my window all day long.’
- ‘The farm itself has good numbers of breeding birds and is home to yellowhammers, linnets, corn buntings, tree and hedge sparrows, along with lapwings and grey partridge.’
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