A barn swallow. Image used under Flickr CCLi. Photo by Flickr user goingslo
A study conducted on barn swallows living in the contaminated area around Chernobly has revealed that the majority of the birds are unusually young. Also, female birds have been shown to die at a younger age in this contaminated area.
Young male birds sing more often than normal because they could not find a mate in the radioactive forest around Chernobyl.
I was struck by the image of this haunted, utterly devastated land around Chernobyl, alive with the sound of bird songs.