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YOSEF CORNFELD:

Swifts at the Western Wall in Jerusalem


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 local pidgeons join them in their flights, but of course they can't keep up.

 

APUSlife 2002, No. 2623
ISSN 1438-2261

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