Bird Note Cards

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"Cliff Swallow"

"Cliff Swallow"

Watercolor drawing  & mix medium of Cliff Swallows.  These birds migrate from South America to North America to have  and raise their babies.  The Cliff Swallow scouts arrive near the end of February to San Juan Capistrano.  Once hatched and fledged from their gourd shaped mud nest the parents prepare them for their long journey back to South America which begins in September.  Cliff Swallows consume thousands of bugs during their stay. 

The City of San Juan Capistrano and the Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrate their return every year.  The Fiesta Association a volunteer organization based in San Juan Capistrano has planned each year in advance for the past 52 years a Swallows’ Day Parade.  The Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrates the Cliff Swallows return on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th each year. 

These beautiful birds, the Cliff Swallow are one of nine species of Swallows.  Some only migrate between Africa and Europe and others between South America and North America.  The Cliff Swallow is the only Swallow that builds the gourd shaped mud nest.  Please be kind, considerate and respectful to them, they are our guests.  Welcome them and learn about them.

Note Cards

"Cliff Swallow Totem"

"Cliff Swallow Totem"

Watercolor drawing  & mix medium of Cliff Swallows.  These birds migrate from South America to North America to have  and raise their babies.  The Cliff Swallow scouts arrive near the end of February to San Juan Capistrano.  Once hatched and fledged from their gourd shaped mud nest the parents prepare them for their long journey back to South America which begins in September.  Cliff Swallows consume thousands of bugs during their stay. 

The City of San Juan Capistrano and the Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrate their return every year.  The Fiesta Association a volunteer organization based in San Juan Capistrano has planned each year in advance for the past 52 years a Swallows’ Day Parade.  The Mission San Juan Capistrano celebrates the Cliff Swallows return on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th each year. 

These beautiful birds, the Cliff Swallow are one of nine species of Swallows.  Some only migrate between Africa and Europe and others between South America and North America.  The Cliff Swallow is the only Swallow that builds the gourd shaped mud nest.  Please be kind, considerate and respectful to them, they are our guests.  Welcome them and learn about them.

Note Cards

"Swifts Totem"

"Swifts Totem"

Pastel drawing on paper.  These two White Throat Swifts were rescued and cared for until ready to be released.  These birds feed very specifically only catching their food, bugs, in flight.  They do not perch on branches but cling to a surface with short legged talon like feet.  Hummingbirds and Swift are related in terms of their leg and foot anatomy.  Hummingbirds can perch but they do not walk on their feet and Swifts do not walk on their feet. When rehabilitating a Swift before release into the wild the only way to feed them is hand feeding.  They will not take food from a dish like a Swallow will.

Cockatiel

"Professor Higgins"

"Professor Higgins"

Shore Bird

"Shore Bird"

"Shore Bird"