Martins over the MarshWild West Yorkshire nature diary, Saturday 1st May 1999
ON THE RUSHY FIELD a pair of Coots have hatched five chicks. It seems out of character for these belligerent birds to be tenderly feeding their offspring.
The Sand Martins are smaller and brown, the House Martins have a white rump, the Swallows have tail streamers.
A Brown-lipped Snail, marked like a humbug, has climbed onto the bridge over the canal.
Mason Bees, Osmia, frantically prospect the mortar between the bricks of our east-facing house wall. The Mason is a solitary bee, the female will nest in a hole such as a nail hole which she fills with mud after laying the egg.