Category Archives: House Martins

MID-SUMMER

Now we are in mid-summer of hot and still long days, but just minutes shorter day by day. Many birds have fledged from their nests setting out on their task of building up their strength and weight to get through the winter months, … Continue reading

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THE SAGA OF THE HOUSE MARTINS…

… continues. After many blank days – and reports around the country of the lack of swifts, swallows and martins this summer – a pair of martins were here on Friday fluttering up to eaves, checking last years nests, both the … Continue reading

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KNOCKING ON…

… September’s door here in West Somerset, the meteorological start of Autumn, there’s talk of overnight grass frosts and periods of rain. The trees, Rowans, Oaks, Ash and Maples are already showing a colouring in their leaves. This morning the … Continue reading

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HOUSE MARTINS, AGAIN.

I can’t let May 2017 pass by without mentioning, again, the House Martins that have flown back to Fordhollow. How many of these are from last year’s brood (or broods, we think there were two hatched from the one nest)? … Continue reading

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SPRINGTIME

Canna, my dog named after the Hebridean island, is good at scenting. The other day she stopped pointing into the fresh grown long grass. Close examination showed the chequered plumage of a hen pheasant, unmoving, flat to the ground. Sadly, … Continue reading

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MAY 5th

The fifth of May is in my memory from schooldays when the first swifts arrive back from their African migration, usually picked up first from their whistling calls, then seen in their wheeling flight arcing round the Abbey and ham … Continue reading

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AUTUMN EQUINOX

Meteorological autumn, but not much colour yet in the leaves. Not surprising as it has been an exceptional growing summer, everywhere lush and grass begging to be mown. Our nesting swallows departed in the third week of August, but the … Continue reading

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