Tuesday, 23 May 2017


23 May 2017
House Martins have started trying to build a nest in the eaves of our house. They attempted last year but gave up. Previously they have always nested on an identical house next door, Martlett House, so have presumably been doing that for ages.

Just a very small row of mud and given the previously dry conditions I guess they may fail again this year. There appear to be six birds trying. With this in mind between the school run and work I decided to hunt out some muddy pools on the coast where I expected to find Martins gathering mud. First two sites I tried and nothing despite there being some pools. I decided to try a final site before work and bingo ! some thirty House Martins and a handful of Swallows :

In and Out

22 May 2017
Red Kites on the way into work this morning at Deepdale behind the shop were showing well and with the sun behind them for a change.
and then an added bonus with an obliging Barn Owl just outside Docking which suffered passing traffic
 usually they fly off but this bird stayed put for nearly a minute