At dawn the birds arrive and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which are clinging to the ruins of the Great Stone Church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two story vaulted Great Stone Church were left bare and exposed, as the roof collapsed during the great earthquake of 1812
After the summer spent within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the Swallows take flight again and leave after circling the Mission San Juan....A pretty inspirational story I thought.
Cliff Swallow. Copy Permitted.
Non of the three birders who initially saw the bird on St Agnes could put a name to it, it had flown past them with Barn Swallows, they were able to eliminate Red-rumped Swallow and had presumed it was a hybrid. But a fourth birder arrived to see the bird land and immediately recognised it as a Cliff Swallow identified from the species he had seen in America. This Cliff Swallow was last seen on the Scilly Isles 18 days after it had been first spotted and was seen by several hundred birders.
I'd sooner be birding....And that's exactly what I'm off to do right now!