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To wonder where all of the House Martins are?

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ingeniousidiot Sun 29-May-16 19:38:39

And I mean the birds, not the band - we have none, we usually have up to a dozen nests, they should be here by now. Have they built at your house instead? I'm in East Yorks.

DonkeyOaty Sun 29-May-16 19:46:48

Under my cottage eaves. We usually only have one family nesting but we've got about half a dozen new nests being constructed as we speak shock

(Welsh Marches)

sall74 Sun 29-May-16 19:47:40

Same in my area, hardly seen any Swifts Swallows or Housemartins this year, where as last year there seemed to be more than usual.

silverpenny Sun 29-May-16 19:47:50

To early?

flindorama Sun 29-May-16 19:47:57

I was just thinking the exact same thing not an hour ago. We usually have 3 or 4 nests. Lots of people here put up physical barriers to stop them but I love having them. Last few years they arrived first week of May. We are in West of Scotland.

Oakmaiden Sun 29-May-16 19:48:57

I liked the Housemartins...


Vastra Sun 29-May-16 19:50:08

They are back here ingenious, but I've only seen them in the last week or ten days, I'm sure they are usually back around the end of April. I'm in the South East.

CMOTDibbler Sun 29-May-16 19:51:01

They are in Worcestershire - loads and loads of them round here, busy nesting

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sun 29-May-16 19:51:43

I liked them too. Happy hour is on my playlist.

ineedaholidaynow Sun 29-May-16 19:53:52

We have many swallows and housemartins flying around near us, we are in the South West

Zwellers Sun 29-May-16 19:55:24

House Martin is in long term decline and has been lost from many places especially in the south. They no longer nest by me in the midlands either. It's now red listed. Reasons most likely lack of suitable insects in spring for young birds. Others factors could be destruction of nests and lack of nest sites. Incidentally were they go in winters a bit of a mystery. We know it's afirca but no one's really know were.

Zwellers Sun 29-May-16 19:56:49

Ps average arrival is late April or early May so nesting should be well underway.

Spotsondots Sun 29-May-16 20:00:27

There all at our house and next door. Been back for at least a fortnight (south coast of England).

Spotsondots Sun 29-May-16 20:00:53


TheDuchessOfArbroathsHat Sun 29-May-16 20:02:57

I've noticed more than usual here - south-ish near Gatwick. Everything seems to be a little earlier than usual this year - but then I give my head a little wobble and remind myself that it is very nearly June!

Rarastar Sun 29-May-16 20:04:49

Lots near me in East Mids OP. Plenty of swallows and swifts too.

DuvetDayEveryday Sun 29-May-16 20:05:20

Oh, I only came on to say I think some of them are in The Beautiful South.

WorraLiberty Sun 29-May-16 20:06:43

The rest will be in a caravan somewhere

Florinda2016 Sun 29-May-16 20:06:59

Lots here in the south east. Swallows are back this year too.

Bassetfeet Sun 29-May-16 20:11:49

Thanks for this post ingenious . We have had the glorious House Martins nesting under our eaves for many years . Not a colony but a pair would always return . This year nothing. Same with swallows down by the river .
I miss their chee chee in the air while they swoop and dive .
A few years ago a roofer took down the nest ( thankfully in winter ) .
I bought a very realistic fake nest . Hey they came back in Spring but made their nest on top of fake one . Win win . A balcony when chicks too big for nest .
It is shocking how much of our wildlife is decreasing I empathise OP. Hope the lovely 'Aerial Dolphins' come by you and nest late .

DuvetDayEveryday Sun 29-May-16 20:14:31

Worra grin

HeirOfNothingInParticular Sun 29-May-16 20:17:17

The lead singer has a pub nearby to where I live. I know that wasn't your question though!

bigsnugglebunny Sun 29-May-16 20:23:26

Loads here in Northumberland, clearly taking advantage of the good ale and Geordie hospitality!

iMatter Sun 29-May-16 20:24:27

We have 14 nests round our house. Usually we have about 10.

Reluctant2ndtimer Sun 29-May-16 20:27:56

There's a few under my eaves in north Cumbria, not as many as last year though. They're using what's left of last years nests at the front of my house but they haven't rebuilt the nests at the back of the house that were knocked off by storm Desmond. I wonder if there isn't enough mud around for them to rebuild as it's hardly rained here in weeks and everything is dried up.

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