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sand martin

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(Animals) a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)
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Noun1.sand martin - swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand bankssand martin - swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
martin - any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas
genus Riparia, Riparia - a genus of Hirundinidae
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Wheatears and Sand Martins were seen elsewhere in the country in recent days, so expect to see the first in North Wales this week.
In the skies and pools too things are changing - the summer visitors like the terns and sand martins have headed off south, and we are welcoming those birds that will be spending the winter months with us.
The firm did the work as a subcontractor to Carillion, with its brief including an environmental task to include an effective fish pass, an otter "hotel", bat cave, and nesting sites for sand martins - all within earshot of heavy city centre traffic.
An eagle-eyed foreman was first to spot the exotic birds flying among the site's colony of nesting sand martins.
SILVER WILKIE I KEPT my eyes skinned every day last week for the arrival of sand martins - the little birds considered to be the real harbingers of spring.
Swifts, house martins and sand martins share the swallow's penchant for aerial artistry.
More swallows and sand martins have been spotted locally this week, with a few house martins among them, and the first swift over Anglesey's Llyn Llywenan on Monday.
It is home to wildlife including water voles, salmon, otters, kingfishers, dippers, sand martins, dragonflies, eels and lamprey.
As you read this the first of the returning sand martins will be swooping around the old gravel workings, and grey heron will be looking for food for their now hatching youngsters.
Shortly after setting off I had my first sighting of a kingfisher while watching curlews, warblers, sand martins, mallard ducks and mute swans.
Sand martins flit overhead chirruping as they collect flying insects to feed their young in their burrows.
Part of Rainton's work included an environmental task to include an effective fish pass, an otter "hotel", bat cave, and nesting sites for sand martins - all within earshot of heavy city centre traffic.