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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:Well captured Mike, so hard to catch these super fast birds on camera. I'm still getting over the thrill of seeing the pair of swallows that usually perch on the overhead wires by our rental property on the ground for a few seconds yesterday early evening ! my eyes are bad but I had binoculars to make sure and no mistaking that banana shape, red throat and long wings !
I'm happy to say, it was pure luck, after taking many, actually, lots and lots photos.
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In reply to doctormark7:
doctormark7 said:There seem to be fewer house martins than in previous years
Here (Switzerland) there's a national initiative to locate and count colonies of House Martins and Barn Swallows (I think they're the only species that are part of the initiative).
I've volunteered to help with this count in this area, and will at some point have access (I imagine) to some broader data.
I'll share it here when I have it.
Anecdotal: it appears that certain colonies here have, well, disappeared, while others are looking as healthy as last year (and previous years).
All the best -
Thanks for reminding me of that, Robbo. And I will keep an eye on it and let you and others know what I find out.
I don't believe there's been a detailed record carried out in this municipality, so there won't be comparators there. But it's part of a larger (national) project, and even quite early on I would hope to learn something about what's going on in a larger area (the part of the project I've volunteered for is being run by a regional reserve (we live just outside it).
Concrete findings would, of course, mean real figures on the House Sparrow population. If they exist, the'll probably be in the same drawer as the hen's teeth...
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