Amazing kimono with a flying swallows motif. The dark collar is especially notable as it is not a feature widely spread today (collars in contrasting colors were a fashionable statement during Edo era).
ichiroya presents this kimono as a houmongi (visiting wear) but the collar and the dark lower part truly make me think about a dounuki (inner kimono). This piece is very puzzling!
Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) are back. Anyone who has seen these ridiculously energetic birds can tell that they’re overachievers. They overwinter in parts of the southern US, Mexico, and Central America, and are by far the first swallows to return to the northeast. They’re also changing their behavior due to climate change, laying their eggs more than a week earlier than in the past. Listen to their hyper chirpling here.
Female cliff swallow from years ago. She was nesting at a school, and some kids threw rocks at her, destroying her eggs and breaking her wing. I had her for a brief period of time before I transferred her to another rehabber who is more experienced with swallows. She made a full recovery and was released with another female cliff swallow a few weeks later!