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johno342



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: New website dedicated to HouseMartins Reply with quote

I am wondering if maybe I posted in the wrong forum before...

http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=4508

I thought that there would be quite a bit of interest, but it seems not Confused

I admit that the webcam I am currently showing isn't terribly interesting,
but nobody seems to have even looked!

Here's another still from August 2007, taken from a really nice video (with audio).


Three Hungry House Martin Chicks
Three Hungry House Martin Chicks
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Here are the direct links:
Still: http://www.martinwatch.co.uk/?year=2007&month=8&mid=9&img=2007/events/9/220107/001-capture.jpg
Video: http://www.martinwatch.co.uk/?year=2007&month=8&mid=9&video=2007/events/9/220107/Event-220107-r1-s1.mpg&eid=220107

Note that you will need to register to watch the video Wink

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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did have a look, John, and was going to go back once the martins arrived. Have you seen any yet? We've had no sign up here still a bit early for us.
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johno342



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, as you say, it's too early yet.
The first nest inspection last year was April 29th, and the martins moved in a couple of days later.
I have my fingers crossed, having gone to so much trouble this year...

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Pete



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw some House Martins in Hertfordshire yesterday so on their way back to you!
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Corinna



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

House Martins in Kent today....

Not sure if they are staying on travelling onwards!

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fsphil



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone seen a Swift yet?
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joshjenkinsshaw



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No they are more summer visitors but there have been a few reports so far this year.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/swift/index.asp
They should be here soon, amazing little birds! Very Happy

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johno342



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three House Martins seen on Sunday April 20th, and one seen yesterday.
None of them actually flew over my house, but the singleton came quite close, flying down the adjacent road!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! I hope they visit your nest box! Very Happy Fingers crossed
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject: Two House Martins move in to Side Double Left nest Reply with quote

We have our first arrivals! Smile

A pair of House Martins flew in yesterday and took over SDL
One roosted, which is a good sign that they have decided to stay

http://www.martinwatch.co.uk/?year=2008&month=4&mid=1&img=2008/events/1/18848/001-capture.jpg

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paradise flycatcher



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats brilliant news.
How many eggs do they normally lay?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nudging somewhat off-topic, sorry. But I've been surprised this year by the number of people not using Windows Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paradise flycatcher wrote:
Thats brilliant news.
How many eggs do they normally lay?

In my experience, 3-5 eggs
With the artificial nests that I am using, there is only really room for three chicks to be raised,
as the adults make a total of five birds in what is quite a small space!
When 5 eggs have been laid, only on one occasion did more than three hatch,
and the fourth chick didn't survive more than a couple of days.
In 2007, four broods of three were fledged from our nests.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No housemartins here yet, but I saw my first swift this morning hooray! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 1:05 am    Post subject: Nesting Has Started Reply with quote

The first few feathers were added today to SDL, in between rain showers!

http://www.martinwatch.co.uk/?year=2008&month=5&mid=1&img=2008/events/1/21767/013-capture.jpg

Both birds are now roosting overnight, see live pictures now!
House Martins don't seem to be especially early risers, so you can often see them live in the nest in the early mornings.

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