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Old Monday 7th May 2018, 11:37   #1
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No house martins this year?

I normally get house martins nesting under the eaves of my house every year - usually at least 6 occupied nests - and they're always here before the end of April.

This year, I haven't seen a single one, though there are several pairs of swallows in the barn. Has anyone else got nesting house martins in the area? I'm on the Berkshire/Hampshire border.
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Old Monday 7th May 2018, 19:07   #2
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Had a quite few passing through. Dinton Pastures, Nr Winnersh is my local patch.
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Old Tuesday 8th May 2018, 15:45   #3
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They seem well down in Kent this year and the merest shadow of what they were a couple of decades back (ditto Sand Martin). The BTO Bird Track Map should give a broader picture - https://app.bto.org/birdtrack/main/data-home.jsp
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None in our village yet, first time in 30 years I have recorded Swift before House Martin.
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Old Wednesday 9th May 2018, 21:10   #5
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Same here in Maidenhead yesterday. Non birder friends commented that none had yet returned to repair or build nests on their rendered house just near Woburn Green.
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Old Friday 11th May 2018, 16:26   #6
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I spoke too soon!

At 5pm today I saw about 15-20 house martins wheeling above the house. They haven't shown any interest in the nests yet, but at least they're here!

Three weeks later than normal - I guess there was some adverse weather on the way north.
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Saw several just downstream of the Eton/Windsor footbridge mid afternoon but still seem scarce around Maidenhead I'm informed.
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