|In an effort to lure the fabled cliff swallows back to Mission
San Juan Capistrano, the birds mating call is played continuously through a hidden speaker. ||Photo credit:Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times|
Hardly the sweet song of the nightingale, the sound is more like the croak of a distressed frog — or, by an expert's own description, a "rusty, squeaky door."
It's a last-ditch effort to lure back the cliff swallow, which put San Juan Capistrano on the map but has snubbed the mission in recent years. The mission has tried drawing them back with food. It has tried shelter. Now, it's trying seduction.
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