Running late...



I have noticed that there have been a lot of late-hatching baby birds around this season; obviously mum n dad have decided there's time for another brood. The little house martin featured in this reports' photo was left behind when it's mum n dad decided to migrate, and had to spend a week with us on hourly feeds until he was big enough and strong enough to fly all the way to North Africa, where they all overwinter.


Even since he 'flew the nest', we have continued to see small flocks of migrating swallows and house martins passing through the reserve - always a risk for them to stay so late in the season, as they can only eat flies and as the cooler weather arrives these can drop off in availability literally overnight which is a worry for any stragglers.


Nigel

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