Have you ever encountered a squirrel chattering like crazy in the forest and wondered why they act this way? A very common experience for beginners of nature observation is when you step outside for a bit of relaxing time in the woods, only to have the local squirrel scream and chatter the whole time like their life depends on it. If you don’t know much about animals noises, you might at … [Read more...] about Why Do Squirrels Chatter Like Maniacs? A Quick Guide To Squirrel Calls & Sounds
Learn Bird Language
This page contains information about bird language. This is a skill that I've put a lot of energy and practice into. It's one of my passions and I'm very excited to share it with you.
It’s always exciting to watch a bird fly into their secret little spot in the bushes and know there’s a nest with bird eggs hidden inside. On my own journey to get connected with nature, some of my biggest discoveries and lessons have come from time spent watching nesting birds in action. Bird nesting behavior is pretty easy to observe so this is a great place for beginners to explore… but … [Read more...] about Bird Nesting Facts & Behaviors: When Do Birds Lay Eggs?
Given that crows are so much smaller than eagles, you might be tempted to think eagles would be more dominant... But if you've ever watched a group of crows wildly chasing and dive-bombing an eagle through the sky, you know it doesn’t always work that way! Eagles are sometimes seen as royalty of the bird kingdom, so why would a smaller bird like a crow put their life in danger and chase the … [Read more...] about Why Do Crows Chase Eagles?
I still remember the very first time I put real effort into understanding bird behavior… It was amazing to witness all the incredible body language & activity that was constantly happening just by observing what birds are doing. At the same time, I know bird life can also be pretty overwhelming because there’s so much diversity & incredible speed behind their actions. I was lucky … [Read more...] about Easy Guide To Understanding Bird Behavior: 9 Common Behaviors & Tips
A bird’s song is a thing of beauty to the listening ear. It lets us know when morning is approaching, like nature’s alarm clock. It can also be a peaceful sound we hear while out enjoying a walk or run in nature. But why do birds sing? If you listen carefully, you'll discover it's not just about sounding pretty, it's also an important part of their survival strategy. Birds sing … [Read more...] about Why Do Birds Sing? (6 reasons and what their songs mean)
It’s 11 pm, and you're all snuggled in bed ready to fall asleep. For a while, all you hear is silence. Until… “Hoot hoot.” This noisy call might be coming from one likely source: an owl. But Why do owls hoot at night? They hoot at night because they are: Protecting their territory from other Owls. Screeching or low barking because they feel threatened or need to protect their … [Read more...] about Why Do Owls Hoot At Night? Some Cool Owl Facts & Examples
Imagine you’re walking in the forest when suddenly you hear a bird making a loud & repeating call in the distant woods. Do you know what that bird is saying?Would you know how to interpret that bird’s language? For most modern humans, the vocal expressions of bird songs, calls & other distant sounds appear like a random jumble of noise & information. But to the trained … [Read more...] about Beginner’s Guide To Bird Language: How to know what birds say in the wild
If you've ever heard ring-necked pheasants calling during early spring, you might have been hearing their territorial behavior. Male pheasants are quite territorial during the breeding season. They will climb up on rocks or leaf piles to crow at regular intervals. These calls are made to defend territories, and also to attract females. This video is a perfect example of the body … [Read more...] about Pheasant Territorial Behavior: Video with pheasant calls explained
When I was first getting into bird language, one of the toughest things was building my confidence about identifying bird alarms vs other types of calls that could be confused for alarms. Bird language is a truly amazing and impressive skill to witness live in the field. Unfortunately, it’s actually pretty rare to meet people who can consistently locate different types of animals by … [Read more...] about 9 Real Life Examples Of Bird Alarm Calls (With Video & Audio)
Recently I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people who want to know how animal communication really works… Maybe you’d like to develop a friendship with local birds and get closer to animals in the woods like deer and foxes without scaring them. Or maybe you just want to know what nearby animals are communicating so you can be more sensitive to your impact on nature. Over the years … [Read more...] about How Does Animal Communication Work? (Examples, tips, myths)