Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

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Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby sav » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:50 pm

Hi all,

Just before midday today I found a TREE MARTIN over Wolfe's Road, Lake Ellesmere. It was with about 10 Welcome Swallows approx 200m from the car park, flying low - hawking insects.

There were no interesting shorebirds there, and I didnt have time to check Embankment Rd.

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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby wazzagonewild » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:26 pm

Great find, Sav! I shot out there after work today and had no luck in ~45 mins of searching. There were many swallows hawking over the edge of the lake and roosting on maimais, but no white rump to be seen. I wonder if this is the martin seen at Bromley late last year. I spent several evenings this year scanning the roosts there, also with no success.
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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby Adam C » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:11 am

Yes good spotting Sav! One more reason to keep heading out this year :)
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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby FraserGurney » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:42 pm

The tree martin was present in the same spot at midday today. Perched on a fence opposite some pines with a group of welcome swallows, on the very last corner before the carpark at the end of Wolfes Road.
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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby Adam C » Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:07 pm

Thanks for the tip off today Fraser. Glad you were still there when I arrived or I'd probably still have missed it!
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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby Brent Stephenson » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:53 am

Not seen yesterday (24 Feb) around midday. Spent about 45 minutes in the spot. Still good numbers of welcome swallows, but no Martin.

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Re: Tree Martin - Lake Ellesmere

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:38 pm

sadly no sign of the Tree Martin on Feb 27 and no swallows either

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