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Missing the House Martins

House Martin nest collapsed

If you've not heard of them, a House Martin is a bird which migrates to the UK each year usually around April and leaves again for Africa about October. You could easily mistake these birds for Swallows with their similar colouring but their lack of long tail feathers and which chins (whereas Swallows have red chins) give them away.

They build their nests from mud in the eves of houses and will frequently return to the same spot each year. We are lucky enough to have a nest just outside our bedroom window and I would love listening to their squiggling as they talked to each other in the nest. Earlier this year shortly before their return I noticed a huge portion of their nest was missing and must have collapsed in the bad winter weather so I didn't think they would return to the nest.

They did however return and after two days their nest was repaired and they were frequently coming and going. It was last week however that around 4am they were screeching but we didn't think much of it until gardening a few days ago and noticed that same portion of nest was missing. We're not sure if the neighbours slamming their doors has caused part of the nest to crumble or if perhaps a bat haphazardly knocked into it as they regularly fly past the window. Thankfully it doesn't look like there were any eggs in the nest.

This has meant our house martins have moved on. Fingers crossed they do decide to return again next year and try again.

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msiduri wrote on June 13, 2015, 9:14 AM

We frequently had doves nest over our back door till one year one of the neighbor's cats got a fledgling on the first day out. They've never been back.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 13, 2015, 10:20 AM

Poor things, I hope they will find a close place at least to live so you can still hear them.

Kasman wrote on June 13, 2015, 12:07 PM

They are creatures of habit. If the original ones don't return others will take over that nest.

scheng1 wrote on June 14, 2015, 2:15 AM

Hope they find a more peaceful place to build their nests and take care of the young.

CalmGemini wrote on June 14, 2015, 4:25 AM

Maybe they will return and try to build a stronger nest next time. Watch out for them.

Lovebeingmummy wrote on June 14, 2015, 6:56 AM

That's good they repaired their nest. We had a nest with 5 baby birds in it last week, they're all grown now and have flown away. I enjoyed visiting them

suzzy3 wrote on June 14, 2015, 2:35 PM

I hate to see nest broken or fall down. we have nest boxes in our garden , but the blue tits have nested in the eves of the shed and we could only hear them but could not see them.