8 June 2009
PART-BUILT MARTIN'S NEST FALLS
I had hoped to report good news regarding the St James house martins, but sadly not. You see, last evening on coming back from down on the plot I stopped by the cherry tree to get a view of the back of Pat’s house. Even without my field glasses a lot of bird activity was evident. Swooping up in numbers they were. The darkened shape of a mud nest under construction next to the artificials Jon and I put up on Friday was evident.
Today it has not long gone nine o’clock. I’ve just knocked on Pat’s door and asked to take a peek. Alas, she reported that they were building but when she returned from chores at one o’clock the fairly well developed nest had fallen off. We agreed it was a great shame but puzzled as to why the martins had as yet refused bespoke nesting apartments literally adjacent.
I can hear chirrups in the cloudy and cool sky. Hopefully the urge to reproduce will be so strong that they will accept our help, adopt and settle.