There is a flock of Swifts that nests in the cracks of the Holy Western Wall in
Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site. They arrive in late February - Feb. 26 this
year 2001, and stay until the beginning of June. During their stay they circle above
the heads of those praying, sometimes at head level or lower. The flock numbers
about 40 to 60. They start their circling together with the first prayers at
sunrise, sometimes circling for several hours in the morning, and then they come
back in late afternoon for the afternoon and evening prayers. Sometimes the
pidgeons join them in their flights, but of course they can't keep up.