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.
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.
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