i am living in the western district. the past two years i had seen swallows building homes and spending spring in the area. their nests were usually at corners underneath the canopies of old buildings verandah. this year however no more sign these old chinese consider as auspicious activities. the main reason being their original home base one of those old buildings is being torn down; another one has completed renovation and the nest was removed. i visited other places with nests still remain, but no swallow is returning this year.
i saw swallows hovering hku campus, another home base of swallow every spring. but the number is smaller too.
one comfort. two days ago. i saw these two fellows resting on a wire around centre street at noon hour. wondering where their homes are.
家燕 barn swallow (hirundo rustica) – kingdom: animalia 動物界 | phylum: hordata | class: aves 鳥綱 | order: passeriformes 雀形目| family: hirundinidae 燕科 | genus: hirundo 燕屬 | species: h. rustica 家燕wiki
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