Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day 2017 is on Sunday, March 19, 2017: Swallows of Capistrano?
Sunday, March 19, 2017 is Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day 2017. Mission San Juan Capistrano Courts Cliff Swallows, Hopes for ... Day of San Juan, Oct. 23.
The reference is literally to the swallows that migrate to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, every year on March 19th (St. Joseph's Day). The stay and repopulate, then on the day of San Juan, Oct. 23rd, they return to Argentina.
It's a wonderful trip and well worth experiencing. No one knows for sure why they come back every year, but they do.
When and where was San Juan Capistrano founded?
It was built in 1776 in Southern California by Father Sierra and the Indians near Santa Ana (about 20 miles) The swallows return every year on St. Joseph Day which is March 19th. It is called the Jewel of the Mission as there are beautiful gardens there. San Juan Capistrano is a great place to live.
where have all of my beauitful swallows gone?
The swallows return to San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph's day every year, On the same day, the vultures return to Hinckley Ohio. Because the number of hours of daylight is a main reason for them to migrate, they probably leave about 6 months later to return to the warmer climes. As mentioned by the writer just prior to me, If there is food they stay, If there isn't, they leave. They'll come back next year.
Birds just don't wander in their migrations. They learn the routes from older birds and return to both their over wintering and summer foraging areas at their appointed times. Now some possibly bad news.
We have been in a drought situation over most of the U. S. this past summer. As the rains fall sporadically, they create great breeding places for the mosquito. Texas has been inundated with record deaths from their pathogens. This has brought about record amounts of insect spraying. In the 50's and 60's the spraying of such insecticides killed so many birds that sprays such as DDT was banned. The sprayed insects, when ingested by the birds caused huge die offs in the bird population. Check your local authorities to see if your city has been spraying?
If the swallows survived, they will return next spring. It's the only route they know. Some may swerve off on the way to feed in better foraging areas along the way. Some may stay int he place.