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« on: August 11, 2011, 03:50:57 pm »

Although I have seen these nests under rocks in Extremadura, I was surprised to find one recently exactly in the middle of a 40 metre long drainage culvert (diameter nearly 2 metres) under the Jerez motorway ringroad (goes from airport to El Puerto de Sta Mª). This is on my jogging route and I only use it as a short cut! Is 20 metres away from the open air(either side) unusual??
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 07:03:45 pm »

I don't think this is unusual, just about every culvert under any road or track here has at least one Red-rumped Swallow nest.

Jogging ? In this heat, you must be mad. :)
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 09:11:00 am »

I also find many R-r Swallow nests in culverts along roads and tracks, so it would seem a really favoured site/s for the species. Maybe they get away from that naughty White-rumped Swift nesting lower, they certainly get targeted under some of the bridges I have in my patch.

Agree with Steve, jogging on these temperatures Mike????

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011, 09:53:35 am »

Thanks for the clarification Steve. Re the "jogging", a lot is just walking, but after 35 years you do get used to it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011, 10:33:22 pm »

I could probably manage a few kms in this heat, provided of course I used a zimmer frame with built-in ashtray!

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2011, 10:34:49 am »

I find it enough hard work driving the 25km to Trujillo in this heat, a Landrover with all the windows and roof open, old fashioned aircon !!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2011, 05:54:55 pm »

yes, Trujillo is warm in August. I spend a lot of time in Valencia de Alcántara (my wife`s village) so i know how you feel. Re the nest, it was the fact that it was 20 metres from the open air which surprised me really, although perhaps if the culvert were not open at both ends it would be nearer the entrance??
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2011, 01:21:10 am »

Hi Mike

In my experience they tend to nest in the centre of the culverts, whether it be 5 or 50 metres deep. Better protection from disturbance and predators i assume.
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