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 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.
If you call a bird close to you, congratulations! Can you identify it? Check a field guide for help.
Can you match the bird with a song or bird call you’ve been hearing? Once you know the sounds and song a species makes, you will be able to know it is there just by hearing it sing. Need help identifying birds? Check out this helpful guide!