NOIS NEIGHBO RS
Each year, usually around the end of April, the house martins arrive back after wintering in Africa. Then their nests are repaired or rebuilt, and it is fascinating to watch their painstaking use of mud to craft their neat little wattle and daub nests.
This year one pair of martins had more or less finished their nest but then decided it needed a few final touches.
While they were off, a pair of sparrows popped into the martins’ nest and made themselves at home. When the martins arrived back and found the squatters, it quickly became physical.
The martins are larger, but those feisty sparrows refused to give up and it was the martins that eventually flew away to build again elsewhere.
The other house martins have been noisily complaining, but the sparrows refuse to be intimidated and answer back with a torrent of cheeky abuse!