Spring is full of flitting birds and their trilling songs. Here’s how to get a closer look at some feathered friends.
What You Do
- Head Outside
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.
- Make Some Noise
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.
- Identify the Bird
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?