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  A Place For Them
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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“To cherish what remains of the Earth,

And to foster its renewal,

Is our only legitimate hope of survival.”



Wendell Berry



These creatures found a haven

They return to it every Spring

When they’re spotted in the sky

Such joy, to so many, they bring


They begin leaving Argentina

Around the middle of February

They incredibly fly 7,500 miles

Their arrival filling many with glee


Legend tells of a very compassionate man

Both a nature lover and a Franciscan padre

Who saw a shopkeeper destroying their nests

So he invited these birds to follow him one day


He very quickly led them to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano

Where they now began building their homes, in its old adobe walls

And now, each and every Spring, they return here on St. Joseph’s Day

Since this kind missionary had told them – here, there was room for all



The Old Spanish Mission of San Juan Capistrano has become world famous as the haven of these incredible Cliff Swallows, and I’ve journeyed there many times to visit them.


In 1930, Father St. John O’Sullivan published the ‘Legend of the Swallows Return’ in a collection of stories called ‘Capistrano Nights.’  His story says that after the town grew up around the Mission, one of the padres noticed a storekeeper angrily sweeping down the conical shaped swallow nests, and chasing these tiny birds away.  This kind padre soon took pity on these creatures, and he invited them to the old Mission, where there was plenty of room for them all.


And these tiny birds have been returning to this old Mission every year since, knowing their young are still safe within its old adobe structure.


Bird trackers eventually identified Goya, Argentina as these swallows’ winter home, and the starting point for their yearly migrations north.  From here, as the swallow flies, the distance is 7,500 miles, and by the time they make their return flight to Argentina next October, they will have completed an incredible round-trip journey of 15,000 miles.

These birds have been observed leaving Goya at daylight on the 18th of February, in successive flight formation, arriving at the old Spanish Mission about the 19th of March.

And although their numbers, like so many other bird species today, are very sadly decreasing, as are the very insects they feed to their young, their arrival at Capistrano is still quite a spectacular sight to see.


Where The Redwing Sings

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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 3/19/2008
I've been blessed to visit the Mission with my husband; 'tho not on the swallow's "return" dates, they can delightfully be seen fluttering around the area. Thank God for the Fransiscan Order! And for Ed's Pen! Beautiful and descriptive poem, sir...

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/19/2008
What a beautiful story you offer us today. Nature at its best. I get the feeling you live a very interesting life and we thank you for sharing it with us everyday ed.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/18/2008
a wonderful story indeed--
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/18/2008
It is nice to hear these wonderful stories that you offer us, for they give hope that mankind may yet redeem himself with Mother Nature. Not far from me we have a nesting and hatcching ground for egrets that fly all the way from Japan each spring to nest and have their young. When the bridge they would build their nests in was to be replaced Pylons from the old bridge were left sticking up from the water and so they continued to return year after year.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/18/2008
Awww thanks for sharing this great offering!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/18/2008
I always loved this story, you make me feel warm and happy today to remember there are people like the Padre in this world, that is so lacking in compassion We need many more like him and you Ed!

tiger lily
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/18/2008
Maybe someday I will get to see all these wonderful things you have seen and have written about...ed
Reviewed by Michael Guy 3/18/2008
THANKS! Though an Audubon member I never knew the actual history on this! This is something only you expertise in animals can bring us. fascinating tale told in poetry and sad that even they are being threatened. What is the reason for the loss of their insect food?
And I see I shall have to check out what looks like a new book by you:
"Where the RedWing Sings" Looks good - you are out new "Aldo Leopold" I look forward to your "Sand Country Almanac"
Best success to you... michael guy
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/18/2008
I can understand the monks action, he like the first Franciscan, Francis of Assissi, who went all the way to the big Kaiser of Euope, I'm not sure, but I think it was Barbarosa, for the sake of birds, what compassion and courage of a man, and now rightfully a Saint, for the sake of the birds could have lost his live, for bothering a man of such power, with as even now, is considered a minor event, how many of us will even stand up, to just save a little dogie, or a million seals, certainly not those that we appointed to do so our todays Kaisers. You on the other hand my friend making us aware of all, with your insightful reports, are one Saint, that will help, hopefully it is enaugh, it is a wonderful easter story, for it is a metaphor of what Jesus was trying to do, guide us to a new nesting place, maybe just coincidental, it happened on easter wow! Bless you!Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/18/2008
Wonderful tribute to the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano; very well penned, Ed!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/18/2008
Brother, you are talking home to me here, coming to the finish line only eleven miles from the San Diego Naval Base some of us had the privilege of seeing those birds arryve like a dark cloud over the south horizon, then, whe new that Summer was coming.
San Francis of Asisi couldn't sait it better.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/18/2008

Beautiful telling: one experiences it through your pen, and feels the sadness - on March 15, the buzzards returned to Hinkley Ridge, Ohio - heralding Spring. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/18/2008
This compassionate man is one that is an inspiration to all,,, I know someone just like him........ This is just breathtaking, from the mighty little birds to the kind hearts.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 3/18/2008
Ed, I just love how your poetry just inspires me! Beautiful birdies in the tree, I wish I could live with you and be ever so free!!!!!
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"

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Where The Redwing Sings

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  1. The Crossing
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