Today is Swallows Day at San Juan Capistrano, California
On March 15, the buzzards returned to Hinckley Township, Ohio, and on March 19, the swallows will return to the mission of San Juan Capistrano in Southern California
The church there took nine years to build and was only used a few years before an earthquake flattened most of it. The birds loved it. The grand church was never rebuilt, but enough of it remained to offer shelter to swallows that were looking for a place to nest.
Cliff Swallows spend their winter months in southern South America. They begin to arrive in California in late February. Although most of us want us to believe that the birds return each year on exactly March 19th. It's the miracle of Capistrano. In most cases the birds are back in the area much sooner than that
The grounds around the old mission are beautiful, but the area just outside the walls has become overdeveloped. Fewer open areas mean fewer flying insects, less food and fewer swallows. It would be so sad if someday they decided to find a better place to live.
These swallows have always fascinated me and I’m sure many others too. To think that they make a 6,000 mile journey every year at about the same time is fascinating!
Nature in all its glory is truly a gift to us. We humans, even when at our best, cannot even begin to create such awesome splendor.
Have a FANTASTIC Friday everyone!