家燕 barn swallows

居於舊區,小時候春暖時日,便會看到燕子穿梭於騎樓天花角落。

swallow used to be so common in my neighbourhood when i was a kid. they built nest at the corners of the rooftop underneath the balconies of the walk-up buildings everywhere.

成長時期,舊樓紛紛消失于新樓潮下,也沒有將心神流到小鳥或其他自然生命去。近兩年,刻意留意,驚喜,雖然數目少了,但原來城市還容得下一些牠們,或者是,牠們竟有偉大能耐,接受與我們人類共處。

去年,看到牠們築建燕巢,在西營盤,一共三个。這個春天,沒有那麼幸運,還好,在市區看到牠們飛竄,在天后、西區、香港大學。

then the city went, and still is, crazy in development. high-rise building with no balcony roof erect everywhere. no more space for swallow to build nest.

these two years i look around every mid spring onwards. to my surprise, swallow still visit us around, even though in much lesser number. last year i witnessed three nests built, around at sai ying pun. this year, disappointingly, i cannot find swallows in family and in nest. The only comfort is that i can still see them dashing around.

swallow

家燕 barn swallow (hirundo rustica) – 鳥綱 aves class | 雀形目 passeriformes order | 燕科 hirundinidae family | 燕屬 hirundo genus | 種 species: 家燕 h. rustica

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