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Bird of the Month - House Martin

House Martin by Dave Hutton
Delichon urbicum
amber
510,000 pairs (summer)
7 years 1 months 12 days (Recorded in 2002)
Open country, towns
Flying insects, especially flies (Diptera) and aphids in summer

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Early breeders fall on hard times

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Sanderling. Photograph by Neil Calbrade

The key to differing between many small, plump waders is to become accustomed with Dunlin first. In this video we compare Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper to their more well-recognised cousin.