Swallows Are A No-Show at Capistrano--Again
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - There was a time, people say, when the swallows swarmed San Juan Capistrano in the days just before winter gave way to spring. Every year, locals say, the white-bellied birds filled the sky like a rain cloud. They returned to their nests in the old adobe mission as church bells rang, heralding their arrival.
But the mission bells rang again and again during this year's Festival of the Swallows, which ended Sunday, and the tiny birds just didn't make an appearance. Truth is, they've hardly been seen at the mission for years.
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