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There were a pair of sand martins prospecting the pipes set into the concrete banking at Roome Bay today. Sand martins are hole nesters, usually digging their own tunnels into sandy river banks, but they will use pipes and existing holes. The last time they did this in Roome Bay was in 2011. We had a small colony for about 5 years. Never more than about 4 or 5 pairs. They nest in small numbers all along the coast and they do seem to shift colonies after every few years – or colonies fail and new ones arise. It is nice to have them back. Sand martins have a nice scratchy warble of a song and a very flickery flight: they are obviously brown above so easy to identify once you have worked out that they are a swallow.

A sand martin at one of the pipes in Roome Bay they have used for nesting

Posted June 8, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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