Sand Martin

Because the Sand Martin is one of the earliest migrants to arrive, a lot of old records concentrated on when the first birds arrived rather than maximum counts. The best time to see good numbers of these birds is during heavy rain in March or April.

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06/04/67 - Maximum count of 100 birds. (DEP)

21/03/86 - 2 birds. First record for the year

20/03/98 - 3 birds. First record for the year

15/03/99 - 2 birds. First record for the year

21/03/00 - First report (number unknown) on 21/03 with over 100 on 29/03 and 30/03

19/03/01 - 7 birds. First record for the year

17/03/02 - 6 birds. First record for the year. On 28/04 in heavy showers there were 400+ hirundines, a mix of all 3 species

02/04/03 - First report (number unknown) then none until 3 on 23/04

18/03/04 - 4 birds. First record for the year with a dozen or more regular to the end of the month

06/04/04 - 60 birds (compare with 2003 when highest annual counts were in single figures)

16/03/05 - 6 birds. First record for the year. 50 birds on 31/03

08/04/05 - 100+ birds

23/03/06 - 3 birds. First record for the year

16/03/07 - 6 birds. First record for the year. c.50 on 01/04 and 03/04

24/03/08 - 24 birds first record of year in heavy rain. 60 on 06/04/08 when it snowed and again 60 on 07/04/08

03/04/09 - 6 birds with 40+ on 18/04/09 and 40+ again on 02/09/09

2010 - Mostly less than 10, but 'hundreds' on 30/03 (a rainy day) and 60+ on 06/04

2011 - A single very early arrival on 09/03. 60+ on 10/08

2012 - 5 on 25/03. 100+ on 28/04 in a flock of 400-500 hirundines (mostly Swallows). 100 on 14/05 together with a similar number of House Martins in the rain

2013 - 6 early arrivals on 10/03 with sleet and snow in the air. Max 50 on 17/04

2014 - 9 on 20/03 max c.100 on 27/03

2015 - 2 on 11/03. Hundreds of hirundines (including Sand Martins) on 06/05 in strong SW winds & showers

2016 - 2 on 13/03. 300+ on 27/03, 200+ on 28/03, 200 on 01/04, 350 on 22/04, 250 on 09/04 and a flock of 1000+ mixed Swallows and Sand Martins on 22/04. Last ones seen on 31/07