There are, or rather were, two nests at the front of the house. The newer one this year has been hit by an owl strike, at least that the concusion we've reached. This was the sight earlier this week.
|Destroyed house martin nest|
The grass in the fields is so high that the owls are struggling, their usual hunting areas are still covered and this is pushing them into new (for us anyway) and unusual hunting patterns, whether now that they've discovered this easy prey they will repeat the patterns next year remains to be seen. But just in case we're going to put up some more of the artificial nests at the front giving the martins the option of natural or concrete. Then all the fledglings will have to contend with is the sparrowhawk who puts on an amazing upside down acrobatic display taking the martins in mid air.
Back in the office it's been a quiet week and this week's edition went to press on time all thirteen pages of it with 38 new paid posts of which 24 came direct to CJS. There are five pages of news and information plus 18 adverts for voluntary posts. Digital editions will live and emailed later this afternoon.