This is just going to be a quick post about the Martins.
Fizz and I are spending most of our time out in the fields because all around us the fields are being cut now and we just want to enjoy the long grass and wildflowers while we have them, I will post about that in a bit.
There isn’t a great deal going on in the Martins nest but there are some funny things happening that I want to put on record.
Most of the time it is like this.
There is normally at least one bird in the nest and a lot of coming and going. I am guessing that they have got eggs but none hatched yet.
I don’t know how easy it will be to follow what is going on when they do hatch because unlike the Swallows this all happens indoors. I am expecting the chicks to become impatient as they get older and start putting their heads out, looking for mum and dad’s return. We will see.
There is something strange going on, something that I don’t understand yet.
At this stage I would expect them to be paired up, nest established, eggs laid (The Swallows have got hatchlings) They should all pretty much know what’s going on and how things are going to pan out this summer.
There is quite a lot of squabbling going on around the nest.
I have had to slow this video right down to be clear about what is happening here, there are three birds involved and one of them is being pulled out of the nest by the nose.
I have seen this sort of action at least three times already but only caught it on film once.
House Martins are social birds and normally nest in small colonies of at least four or five nests. This is the only nest on this side of the house but there are Martins all around the farm and not very far away. They should get on well together.
If anyone knows what is going on then please feel free to comment.
I think that I heard the words, “You Hussy!” being cheeped but I lost the sound when I slowed down the video 🙂