"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Monday, May 14, 2012

Luring the swallows back to Mission San Juan Capistrano

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
 A bird's call rings endlessly inside the adobe walls at Mission San Juan Capistrano as tourists wander through the courtyard —ablaze with flowers in full bloom — and a handful of fourth-graders snap pictures and take notes for class projects.

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.

Read the full story at The L.A. Times.

Happy Birding!

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