I have never seen a Sand Martin's nest before and I have to say that this type of nest is really interesting; that looks like a very active breeding colony. Before moving to Scotland I had never seen a swan nest either. In Italy, nesting birds (or animals in general) are way more shy.Finding a bird nest is always a nice surprise, like when we bumped (not literally!) into a Coot's nest. You can see it HERE.
From Jaana: The martins seem to have adjusted well to this gravel pit area, not minding about even the heavy machinery. Apart from martin/swallow nests (and birdhouses, of course), I think I've seen bird nests 2-3 times altogether in my life. I surely wouldn't mind bumping into a coot's nest. Lucky you. :)
Awe...what a sweet pic of the swan and her little one! I've posted a picture of a nest of American robins that we had in our yard a few years ago. You can see it here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/8800885@N06/7575190216/in/photostream
You're so lucky getting follow those American robins nesting every year. By the way, are martins/swallows or swans common overthere?
wow.... two totally different pic's, love it ladies :) have a happy :)
Very different indeed. :)