Monday, 22 August 2011

Swifts and Swallows

The main feature of today has been the large numbers of Swifts and Swallows/Martins around. A quick trip around Maridalen revealed a group of a couple of hundred Swifts feeding from ground level up to many hundred metres and in amongst them were 50 odd Swallows, 20 odd House Martins and a couple of Sand Martins. At around 9pm a visit to the local shop revealed the entire local population of House Martins flying and chattering over their breeding colony. I believe there to be less than 10 nests in the colony but there was easily in excess of 50 birds in the air. They keep very close to the colony and even though our house is less than 150m from the colony it is surpising how infrequently I note House Martins over the house.

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