Building a home of earth

It promises to be a bumper season for swallows and martins. Small colonies of Fairy Martins are building (or refurbishing) their wonderful adobe nests throughout the district, collecting mud pellets from roadside puddles. Locally they prefer to attach their nests to artificial structures, such as bridges and culverts, but will happily use eroded gullies as well. Tree Martins on the other hand, favour tree hollows – I expect to see them in good numbers on local wetlands over coming weeks.

Fairy Martin @ Joyce's Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

Fairy Martin @ Joyce’s Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

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This image shows off the chestnut crown and streaked throat makings of the Fairy Martin

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A precision aerialist!

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My favourite martin …

One response to “Building a home of earth

  1. LOL my favorite (fairy) martian!

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