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House Martins late this year?

Old 11th May 2022, 07:13
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Has anyone heard a Cuckoo, there used to be some around Teesside airport, the bird version but none heard so far this year.
Yes, out on Dartmoor last week.


I was also treated to some Swallow porn last week. That at least is something they don’t do on the wing.
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Old 11th May 2022, 07:40
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
Too far away to check its passport
You can tell by the airspeed velocity.
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Old 11th May 2022, 07:46
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House Martins here in NI as normal in the Ulster Gliding Club hangar about 10 days ago. Covers now required….

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Old 11th May 2022, 08:46
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The first of our Swifts were more or less on schedule arriving over the house with a scream yesterday afternoon on the back of a weather front. Six birds so far. I've been monitoring our colony for over twenty years and noted a steady build-up and now years later a slow decline with some traditional nest sites under the roof pantiles of the house abandoned. Last year we had 12 nests which is about par for the course. Same sites always used and chosen by birds to allow maximum fall on leaving nest avoiding obstructions. Pantiles very old and unkempt. Birds often enter nest under one pantile and then exit from the next pantile along. Will try and supply image.




Traditional Swift nest sites - note absence of further nests along gutter line to left of closed window due insufficient fall below. Electricity cable never a problem but subsequently removed.

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Old 11th May 2022, 08:53
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I've got hat , coat , door , car running .... But it has to be said ......

'Wot do you do if a bird C+++s on your windscreen' ?
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Don't ask her out again ...

Apols one and all .

rgds condor .
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Old 11th May 2022, 09:12
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Originally Posted by DuncanDoenitz View Post
You can tell by the airspeed velocity.
They were sitting down at the time.
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Old 11th May 2022, 09:15
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Originally Posted by ItsonlyMeagain View Post
House Martins here in NI as normal in the Ulster Gliding Club hangar about 10 days ago. Covers now required….

Me
I accidentally Cat 5’d a House Martin while sneaking in over the hangars in a K8 at Halton. You would think they would get out of the way. I mean when it comes to K8 on approach versus a House Martin at full tilt, you would think it would be a non contest.
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Old 11th May 2022, 09:47
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House Martins returned briefly to my house about a week ago, and showed signs of rebuilding their nest. However, it is so dry here atmo (East of England) that there is no mud available for the task-various wildlife bodies advocate making a big mud pie in your garden for the purpose…
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Old 11th May 2022, 10:18
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Swallows arrived here about 2 weeks ago - we're near Gatwick.
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Old 11th May 2022, 10:43
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
I accidentally Cat 5’d a House Martin while sneaking in over the hangars in a K8 at Halton. You would think they would get out of the way. I mean when it comes to K8 on approach versus a House Martin at full tilt, you would think it would be a non contest.
It probably recognised the K8, assessed the required approach angle, and assumed you weren't going to get in.
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Old 11th May 2022, 12:36
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Flight of House Martins.

We often watch a circlage of house martins feeding on the concentration of insects on the sea-breeze front, as it slips over the South Downs. That has not yet been in evidence this year, so far.
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Old 11th May 2022, 13:18
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Originally Posted by condor17 View Post
I've got hat , coat , door , car running .... But it has to be said ......

'Wot do you do if a bird C+++s on your windscreen' ?
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Don't ask her out again ...

Apols one and all .

rgds condor .
Or, even worse, in your bed!! Buts that’s another story (and thread)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-b2061921.html

Jumping in your passenger side, Condor!
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Old 11th May 2022, 15:27
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Outside a pub in Canterbury earlier, swifts screaming overhead like Stukas!
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Old 11th May 2022, 15:56
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According to a local naturalist on the radio a lot of the early arrivals were taken out by the 2 Sahara dust storms a few weeks ago.
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Old 11th May 2022, 16:49
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Saw one solitary Swift today, glimpsed it as it crossed the M6, somewhere north of Penrith.
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Old 11th May 2022, 20:40
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Getting serious virtual park bench and trilby hat here. Listen, if this thread is some kind of message between Russians, then I'm on to you.
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Old 11th May 2022, 20:54
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We have been wondering about the late arrival of our house martins too. Saw the first pair yesterday. Swallows have also only just arrive within the past two weeks up here in Northern Scotland. No swifts seen at all yet.
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Old 11th May 2022, 22:59
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No surprise that no-one has seen much of the house martins. They became the Beautiful South. Boom boom.

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Old 12th May 2022, 05:42
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I suppose someone had to say it……
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Old 12th May 2022, 07:19
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Ours were in time. Busy crapping ;-). Fewer in number only because I’ve put spikes up to keep the crap off entry and windows - it’s amazing what little infrastructure they can build on!!
waiting to see if they use the alternative ‘nests’ erected elsewhere!
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