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.

445-29 Takano, Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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