Home making house martins

The house martins mostly just use mud. Theirs are the nests that you see under the eaves and in the upper corners of windows. Swallows typically nest in outbuildings and porches, while you won’t see a swift’s nest because it will be in a hole, and as you might expect, sand martins nest in holes in sandy riverbanks.

Here are some mud gatherers in St Monans harbour …

Their nests are mostly in the early stages of construction (such as these at Grannies Harbour B&B, no less!) …

Although some are more advanced (this one is half way along West Shore) …

And here’s one that was prepared earlier (taken on 30 June 2015, to be precise) …

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