Are you tuned in to the alarms made for aerial predators?
There’s a very useful cue that you can listen for which will enable you to reliably detect the presence of Accipiters (bird-eating hawks) & other intense threats to songbirds from the air.
If you’re ever outside and start noticing a series of high pitched calls, you might be picking up on this very special kind of alarm.
When under the threat of dangerous and fast moving predators, birds will sometimes make alarms that are almost too high for humans to hear because in this range of the sound spectrum it becomes difficult to locate where sounds are coming from.
The maker of these alarms might be hard to locate but if you look up you just might catch a glimpse of a hawk getting ready to cause mayhem.
I had a cool experience with this kind of alarm one summer and since one of the best ways to learn bird language is through storytelling, I thought I’d share it with you.