Five Young Swallows In mid-April I reported on swallows building a nest in my car port. After six weeks, five voracious young swallows are growing in the nest. Video On June 2, 2014, I made a short video and took some photos of the young swallows. I tried to capture feeding scenes as the adults […]
The barley fields here in Ritto have turned from green to golden brown. It seems a little early this year, but we have had mid-summer temperatures of over 30 degrees. It is only the end of May, but outdoors and indoors it feels like the end of July.
http://youtu.be/zGh_d2CyX88 Egrets feast on earthworms as a farmer cultivates a flooded field in preparation for rice planting. At the end of April local farmers prepare for rice planting by flooding the fields and cultivating the soil. Rice seedlings are planted in early May. I have seen this preparation and planting many times over the years, […]
On May 5, 2014, a quiet and gloomy holiday here in Ritto, the loudest sound was the loudspeaker of a recycling collection truck that slowly drove around the neighborhood. Such trucks often come on Sundays and holidays. I recorded this one at the Hayashi Kita intersection as it made a loop around the Hayashi neighborhood. […]
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 […]