Here’s the basic idea of bird language…
Birds behave differently when they feel safe compared to when their lives are in danger.
If you can learn to tell the difference then you’ll be able to locate wild animals by the disturbances they cause in bird activity.
It’s very cool and very fun to do…
So let’s talk about the first step for knowing the signs of alarm vs not alarm in birds. Here are the five signs that birds are feeling safe. Just click play 🙂
Now get outside and practice watching for the 5 signs of safety in birds!
Then come back for the next video. I’m excited to talk about the signs of alarm 🙂
Hi Brian, is there a bird or a number of birds that make a sound very similar to red squirrel chatter? Thanks MJ
Brian Mertins says
Hi MJ, it really depends on how much practice you have listening to them…
I can’t really think of anything that would be commonly confused with a red squirrel, but if you’re very new to listening, then it’s possible for pretty much any bird or squirrel to be confused with something else.
In the early stages of learning bird sounds, it is extremely common for things to sound a bit similar. But it’s less about the actual sounds and more about how much you’ve trained your ear to make distinctions.
With enough practice it won’t really be an issue because your accuracy and confidence will increase to near 100%.
I hope that helps 🙂
I’m glad to get this scope of baseline behaviors in birds. I watched a pair of swifts nest and raise their young on the front porch next to the ceiling. The behaviors you listed were all easily seen by my just being quiet and still, watching through the storm door. Their ‘at ease’ activity and sounds, however, would drastically change when someone went out the door to get into a car. Thank you for sharing them.
Brian Mertins says
Hi Grace, great observations!
With practice slowing down and moving in a more sensitive way, you’ll be able to go out the door and continue your normal activities without affecting their baseline behaviors.
It’s a very cool experience to have birds accept you and get to know you as an individual. Keep up the great work!