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Migrating birds running late

Monday 02 June 2003

SEVERAL species of migrating birds are still arriving in Britain, weeks later than normal, because they have been held up by bad weather in Africa, reports the British Trust for Ornithology.

BTO observers in Africa reported large numbers of swallows, house martins and other migrants still south of the Sahara Desert in mid-May - when many of their species had already nested in Britain and were beginning to raise chicks.

The trust says that arriving so late will make life difficult for those birds still on the way: most of the best nesting sites will have already been taken - leading to potential squabbles - and the late arrivals will not have time to raise many chicks.


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