House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
Species

Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on April 28th 2018.
(1/320th sec at f10. © David Hastings)

Description

WS: 13.5 - 15 cm

The House Martin is a small bird with glossy blue-black upper parts and pure white under parts. It has a distinctive white rump with a forked tail and white feathers covering its legs and toes.

It is widely distributed in Europe, but is a summer visitor, arriving in April and leaving in October. It winters in Africa.

House Martins are colonial breeders, making their mud nests on buildings, or cliff faces in undeveloped areas.

They spend much of their time on the wing collecting insect prey.

The House Martin has Amber status in the UK due to moderate population decline. Upwards of half a million pairs breed in the UK.

Sightings

13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (100+)
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
24-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
27-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (10)
26-Jun-2018 : Arnside, Cumbria (10)
25-Jun-2018 : Eskdale, Cumbria (6+)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (20+)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (10)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1200+)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

25-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (10)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (500+)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (500+)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (60+)
02-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)
27-Aug-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
18-Jul-2017 : Greenham Common, Berks
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia
05-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
20-May-2017 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (10+)
06-May-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon

18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15+)
06-Aug-2016 : Greenham Common, Berks (10+)
05-Jul-2016 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (10)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
13-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2m)
27-Apr-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (10+)
23-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Apr-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (15+)

19-Sep-2015 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (50+)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
25-Jul-2015 : Bezbog, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
27-Jun-2015 : Stanford Dingley, Berks
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (c.10)

23-Sep-2014 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (4)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (5)
23-Jun-2014 : Trigrad Gorge, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014 : Dospat, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2014 : Byal gradets, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2014 : Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (100+)
08-May-2014 : Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire
05-May-2014 : Pant, Ceredigion
04-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)