We have six Fairy Martin nests under the eaves
outside our bedroom in a busy traffic area.
The birds are almost domesticated, flying in and
out over our heads, unpreturbed by the veranda lights going on and off. Ten
years ago on the opposite (western) side of the house a similar small colony
abandoned their nests after a single event of walking along beneath the nests
and switching on the lights.
Perhaps they come from Homebush Bay Park where they
nest under a concrete culvert bridge, unfazed by the passing parade.Whether or
not they are intermittently lit up at night there I dont know.
Although The Readers Digest Book of Australian
Birds says that F.M.s fly out of their nests at daybreak, "ours" sleep in for
over half an hour before departing.
I presume that they are breeding in the nests and
not just roosting, as they fly in and out of them frequently throughout the