I was in the Lake District for a few days last week and watched several house martins
still swooping in and out of their mud-nests to feed their young.
Mr White, 48, who lives in Bedlington, has lovingly cared for and fed the baby house martin
every hour for the last two weeks after he was found in Boulmer.
Placing a nest box under the eaves on the outside of your home for starlings, house martins
and swallows will provide an all-round view with a clear flight-path to the nest.
More insects mean more food for migratory birds such as swallows, swifts and house martins
, which relocate to northern Europe to breed over summer.
The BBC TV presenter, 51, claims swifts and house martins
are being killed by the deterrents, put up last year while a block of flats was being renovated.
Back in Britain, the skies were alive with Swifts, House Martins
They provide food for starlings, gulls, house martins
and swifts and help the birds to prepare for the journey to Africa, where they'll spend the winter.
Of the summer migrants, swifts, which have declined by almost a third since 1994, were seen in more than a quarter of gardens, six per cent saw house martins
and two per cent had swallows.
Stacey Clark, who runs the sanctuary with Geoff Grewcock, said: "We have been inundated with hedgehogs, house martins
, swifts, swallows, ducklings and other birds and animals.
The percentage of pair bonds that break ranges from nearly 100, in house martins
and greater flamingos, to roughly zero in Australian ravens and the waved albatross.
The house martins
, albeit found widespread, like so many other species are sadly in decline.
Children can monitor their neighbourhoods and note how many swallows and nests they see, adopt a nest without disturbing them, note the key dates of arrival, egg-laying, hatching and fledgings, stop people from destroying swallow nests, even if their droppings make a mess, help put up a board to catch the droppings instead, learn the difference between Barn Swallows and House Martins
and the best ways to look after each species.
If you are still seeing swallows and house martins
visiting a nest, contact me at birdnotes.
The intake list included 20 tawny owls, seven carrion crows, three sparrowhawks, seven wood pigeon, two jackdaws, two Canada geese, two dunnocks, two starlings, five feral pigeons, two black-black birds, two collared doves, three house martins
, 11 herring gulls, a shelduck, kingfisher, woodpecker, blue tit, cormorant, gold-finch, magpie, mallard, rook, guillemot, fulmar, kestrel, black-headed gull, barn owls, pipistrel bats, a vole, a weasel, rabbits, a grey squirrel and 22 hedgehogs.
Plus you can install nest boxes for almost every garden bird you can think of, including owls, robins, sparrows and house martins