Where house martins fizz and wheel

June is the time of winsor blue skies.

A time of summer migrants
like cuckoos and sedge warblers . . .

. . . and the house martins.

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At low tide they dive down to pick up beakfuls of oozingly sticky mud for nest building.

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It is not just the mud they come for . . .
. . . there is the dazzlingly green algae growing on the lock walls.

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They approach at speed
grab onto the vertical face
like some superhero defying gravity
and pick off algae
to bind into their mud nests.

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PS  these sketches are in June salt marsh sketches

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