Sand Martins by The River Ouse, York

Spring, a time when many of Britain and Yorkshire’s migratory birds head back to our shores. Walking takes you into nature and nature often comes to you in return for you getting out.

One of the earliest to come in the season is the Sand Martin.

As a breed it is the cousin of the swallow and has the unmistakable flight pattern and shape as they dart through the air catching food. On the banks of the River Ouse, at Rawcliffe Park near York, you will catch hundreds of Sand Martins nesting in the sandy banks of the river.

I set up my camera to capture them more closely, take a look.

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