Sunday, 15 August 2010

House Martins

The Martins arrived in May and soon got down to building their nests, picking up mud from the pools of water on the unmade road behind our house.

By the end of July, the young birds were practising their flying and landing on walls, ...

... taking time to rest on roofs.

Most of the young birds had left their nests, which were now a refuge from the mid-day heat and home for the night.

Although one, of our three, still had young being fed.

Returning from a trip away from home, in Mid-August, they had disappeared. Was it just a training flight or had they already started for their winter homes? Some have reappeared today.

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