今年燕少了 fewer swallows this year

家住西區。過去兩年春季,在石塘咀到西營盤某幾棟舊樓簷下見過燕窩內燕欣欣。可悲的是,今年所有燕窩原址都看不到燕子的影蹤。最大原因,有樓要拆了,也有樓宇經過維修舊巢沒了;而舊巢依舊的幾處,皆是空蕩蕩。

另外燕子繁盛區,在香港大學圖書館外一高簷處。不過今年早上去看過數次,有看到燕子,但數目也沒有很多。

失落。

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.

feeling lost.

去年一燕窩 a swallow nest spotted last year
去年一燕窩 a swallow nest spotted last year

猶幸兩天前,約中午時分,突然在西營盤正街附近的上空遇到牠們。

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.

swallows 2014

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

相關前文 related past post《家燕 barn swallows

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