Identification - Swifts in the Community - Swifts in the Community

North Lancashire and South Cumbria
Swifts in the Community
Swifts in the Community
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How to tell the difference
Always on the wing - nests in holes and nest boxes high up on buildings.  Can often be spotted in groups wheeling over roofs and calling to each other with high-pitched screams.
Nests inside buildings/barns.  Often perch up on wires in small numbers, or in larger groups as they prepare to migrate.

House Martin
Can be spotted around our towns and villages, where they build mud cup nests beneath the eaves of houses.

Sand Martin
Nests in burrows, usually dug into sandy banks. They nest in colonies, with many pairs nesting close together at suitable sites. They're often seen over water.

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