Category: Holiday

Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano

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Image: 1939 NBC Radio National Broadcast of St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the
Swallows Celebration with Father Hutchinson, Mission’s resident priest from 1933-1951 via https://www.missionsjc.com/wp-content/uploads/Program-for-Publishing-1.31.18.pdf

“The annual swallow migration has received a lot of attention over the years. For instance, Leon Rene’s 1939 hit, When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano song lyrics are a tribute to the long migration.

“The amazing journey takes the swallows over 12,000 miles round-trip. They abandon their winter haven in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina and travel to southern California, arriving on St Joseph’s Day (March 19th)…”

Excerpt from http://www.arkanimals.com/capistrano-swallows/ .