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Cliff swallows in their nests

Foray Fit: Swallows on a Mission

May Is for the Birds!

Spring is finally here, and everyone is anxious to be on the move!

Including our fine feathered friends.

With bird migrations in full swing throughout May, birding is an excellent low-impact, socially distanced outdoor activity.

To inspire you to stay moving with our avian brethren, we are bringing you weekly highlights of some of the nation's best (and easily accessible) birding spots, along with a species you're likely to see.

Mission San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, California)

The entire city of San Juan Capistrano is a designated bird sanctuary, but its crown jewel is the historic mission complex founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1776. Each year thousands of Cliff Swallows make a pilgrimage from their wintering grounds in Argentina to nest in the eaves of the mission for the summer.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

The Bird 

Cliff Swallow (petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Cliff Swallows in their nests

The industrious Cliff Swallow builds intricate mud nests that cling to vertical surfaces, often in great multitudes with its flock. Camp out near a Cliff Swallow colony on an early summer evening, and you are likely to see the birds suddenly swarm from their nests—surely a sight to behold! 

Image (banner and right):

Social Behavior of American Cliff Swallows, Stock Photo 1197743503

  

Accessible Birding Near You!

Featuring 350+ locations, this crowdsourced map, a collaboration between the Audubon Society and Birdability.org, lets you find all the information you need on the best locations for birding in your area.

Stay on the move with Spring! 

Buy your Spring today for $590 and join your own springtime migration!

Older gentleman using the Foray Design Spring upright walker