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.