House martin

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild Britain -

As the name sug­gests, house martins have a close as­so­ci­a­tion with hu­man dwellings, though there are some pairs that use nat­u­ral nest sites on coastal and in­land cliffs. Mi­grat­ing here in sum­mer af­ter spend­ing the win­ter in Africa, they build a nest in the eaves of houses. The nests are made from damp mud, col­lected from nearby ponds and pud­dles, and of­ten lined with feath­ers. They can re­turn year af­ter year to the same nest, re­pair­ing it as re­quired. Look out for them swoop­ing to col­lect fly­ing in­sects.

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