As I have related in previous diatribes, swallows and their hirundine
cousins, the house martins, were the birds that first awakened in me an interest in wildlife.
The sand martin is our smallest and most easily overlooked hirundine
. They arrive back in the UK in the chill winds of March and head for river banks to chisel out long tube like burrows with their tiny bills.
There is an endemic turtledove (Zenaida galapagoensis); four endemic species of mockingbirds (Mimidae); the Galapagos Island mockingbird (Nesomimus); a rail, the pachay (Laterallus spinolotus); a muscicapid, the Galapagos flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris); and a hirundine
, the Galapagos martin (Progne modesta).