Call a Bird Closer

Spring is full of flitting birds and their trilling songs. Here’s how to get a closer look at some feathered friends! 

1. Go to a place where you see or hear birds nearby, such as a row of shrubs, a big tree, or a patch of woods.

2. Make this sound: PSSSH, PSSSH, PSSSH. This is called “pishing.” To birds, it sounds like an alarm call, so they get curious about what is going on. Some birds may swoop down to investigate.

3. If you call a bird close to you, congratulations! Can you identify it? (Check a field guide for help.) And, for extra credit, can you match the bird with a song you’ve been hearing?


Need help identifying birds? Check out this helpful guide!