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Nation diary: the home martins have taken their tune and departed

Claxton, Norfolk When the quantity of aerial plankton within the environment drops, the birds head for Africa

In pure historical past, it’s simple to note a primary for the 12 months, however to be conscious of the final is harder. I do know that the home martins are gone, but their going from our village entailed an unremarkable dwindling of sights and sounds, however slowly, like a lack of moisture in a puddle.

I did have one memorable sighting final week within the Yare valley. Over Blackwater, about 40 had been pooled above a poplar plantation and out and in of their midst swirled a single misplaced swift. The martins had been smaller, busier, every one with a swept-back wing silhouette, which, relying on the way in which it turned, was formed like a broad smile, or frown.

Associated: Exodus begins as swifts muster for migration

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