Hi, I saw a Sparrowhawk take an adult House Martin from right by its nest yesterday, and I haven't seen a Martin go in since. There is a fluffy head sticking out of the nest and I think it is a chick with others in there, as they are making a noise when other Martins are around. The nest is about 5 metres off the ground on the side of a house. Any suggestions, would the local RSPB intervene? Thanks.
In reply to PaulL:
Add to that it is actually illegal to interfere with a nest without a special licence.
Nature is harsh, and very much hunt and be hunted, and something to take on board, while that house martin became lunch for the sparrowhawk, who will be feeding young as well, so the insects that the house martin was feeding on and feeding its young, will have taken away a food supply for the insect young....
There is a chance that there will have been both house martin parents, so if only the one has been predated, then the other will do its best to continue the feeding program.
I know it seems harsh, but that is nature and the law.
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Ah, that is probably good news, but with a bit of probable bad news. Means female is still alive and can go on to successfully breed if there is a male about. But, if it is at incubation stage which sounds likely, it may well cut its losses. If so, ample time for another brood.
Wild birds and the law about not disturbing birds
In reply to THOMO:
Did you mean to post that on this thread?
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
In reply to ItisaRobbo:
Yes! As usual my iPas is playing up Also I’ll try and post this link as well. Hope the link
Hope this link works. These are exceptions allowed in the law on the same subject. And this time the link works. I’ve had problems for a long period.
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