Arnold Arboretum

How (specifically) are your birds interacting? What audio and/or visual cues do these birds employ to communicate, and what are they trying to “say?” Compare and contrast the plumage of two or more species you observe, considering the evolutionary advantages to the colors and/or patterns that the birds exhibit. Focusing on an individual bird, discuss what it was doing (foraging, resting, etc.), and how that behavior fits in the context of its circadian and/or circannual rhythm.
- When I was home the birds
Mini Activity- Spishing: Each time you come across a few chickadees or a small foraging flock, solicit some “pish” calls to attract their attention. Make a repeated “psssh” sound, experimenting with different volumes and timbres. Done correctly, it sometimes attracts small birds, sometimes drives them away, and always makes you feel slightly foolish. Nevertheless, “spishing” is a tried-and-true method for altering bird behavior, so give it a try. The question to reflect on is- why does this work? What about this particular sound is so enticing to small birds?

Dark eyed juncos
1 hairy woodpecker 5:30
Lots of European starlings
Red tailed hawk
Y winged blackbird
Mourning dove x3
5:40 dark eyed junco
2 red tailed hawks
3 dark eyed juncos
2 robin
2 mounring dove
5:45 white breasted nut hatch
6pm 1 mourning dove
1 robin
6:15 – fewer birds calling
House sparrow or female rwbb
Cardinal 6:50
Walking home lots of robins!

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