Two adult swallows roosting on a nest, face-to-face, with a white wall and ceiling in the background.
Adult swallows roosting face-to-face.

Two adult swallows are roosting their second night in a nest left over from the previous summer. Last night they were nervous as I moved around nearby, but this evening they seem calmer. One flew away only briefly after I took several photos. They vocalized quietly but did not screech loudly as swallows do when they’re alarmed.

They were gone all day, and they haven’t done any exterior construction; however, the nest looks strong already. We can see down feathers inside, so it looks like they’re preparing to raise their young here.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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