Hirundine


The house martins have built their homes.

It is mid-May. I am standing in shade beneath the eaves of the Visitor Centre, watching them gather insects high on the wing. The microphones are on a wall, directly beneath two nests.

Hurriedly, both parents return to feed their young: a puff of air as they swoop in tightly; jumbled, bubbling phrases; then gone.

One of the birds returns a few minutes later.


 

UK Conservation Status