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 A beautiful little bird; we shall call him Martin.

The house martin nests mainly under eaves of houses and its upper part is blue with a distinct, white rump. Its tail is also forked, though smaller than a swallow’s. Sand martins are similar in shape to house martins and, as the name suggests, nest in sand banks and quarries. You can see sand martins outside the north wall of the Battery. They dine daily on the flies which hatch in the East Beach's seaweed. By October they will start to migrate to Africa.

The next photo is a gathering of house martins around McArthur's Store at evening time on Friday 23rd August.

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photos by Kenny Maule

 

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