THE SWALLOWS OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The Swallows of San Juan Capistrano

Not far from San Diego, where my parents shifted from the Texas plains to sunny California during WW2 because my daddy had to go for training at the Naval base there, a mission point known as San Juan Capistrano nested in the nearby hills.

A legend had grown out of the centuries long migrations of swallows who consistently returned to the Mission from Argentina.  What spirit was stirred in their little breasts to make that trip twice a year?

The famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano that leave town every year in a swirling mass near the Day of San Juan (October 23), are returning from their winter vacation spot 6,000 miles south in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina.

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