Santander swallow migration

SEO report today here on the annual gathering of thousands of swallows in the Bahía de Santander in Cantabria before setting off for Africa. Between 5,000 and 6,000 swallows have been  gathering since the end of August in the Marisma de Alday (Camargo) before flying off en masse in mid September. They spend the night in the reedbeds of these marshes and feed during the day off the huge numbers of insects flourishing on the post harvest stubble. Most of these  birds are from the British Isles and stop off on the Cantabrian Coast to “refuel” before continuing onto Africa. SEO stresses the importance of the conservation of this type of wetland for bird conservation at a European level and notes the role played by the councils of Camargo, Astillero and Santander in helping to protect them.

3 Responses to “Santander swallow migration”

  1. colleen says:

    Hi Nicola,
    As a child I watched the swallow’s in the kent coutryside and missed them when they disapeared. Now I live in the South-east of Spain and have the priviledge of watching them gracefully flying morning til dust most of the year. I love these birds!

  2. nick says:

    Hi Nicola,
    I guess this is a similar phenomena

  3. Nicola says:

    Swallows massing in the south of France at La Palme this morning, Sept.22nd. Raining and we are apparently a resting stop – amazing sight.

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