Stork chicks landing in rice fields (left). In the foreground is the parent bird = 8th morning, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture (provided by the city)

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Stork chicks landing in rice fields (left). In the foreground is the parent bird = 8th morning, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture (provided by the city)

Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture, announced on the 8th that one of the two stork chicks born in the outdoor nest in April has left the nest at a national special natural monument. According to the prefecture, fledging of field-breeding individuals has been confirmed in the prefecture for the third consecutive year.

According to the city, city officials confirmed the chicks that landed in the rice fields near the nesting tower at around 11:35 am on the 8th.

The parent birds of the chicks are a male born in Echizen City and a female born in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, and two female chicks were born.

A person in charge of Echizen City said, “The long-standing efforts with the local people have paid off. I would like to continue to increase the fledging of storks in the future.”