Name: Margaret Weinman
What is the correct species of swallow that migrates to
San Juan Capistrano?
It is the Violet-Green Swallow (_Tachycineta thalassina_) that visits
San Juan Capistrano every year.
I did not know this off the top of my head, so how did I find out?
Peterson's Field Guide to Western Birds and The Audubon Society Field
Guide to North American Birds are both excellent references but neither
mentioned San Juan Capistrano under swallows. Nor did my encyclopedia
identify the swallow in its entry for San Juan Capistrano.
I called a local pet store that specializes in local and
Moral: the yellow pages can be a valuable information resource!
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Update: June 2012