Louisiana Waterthrush, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Talk to Birds

Why I Talk to Birds


Louisiana Waterthrush, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Why I Talk to Birds

Louisiana Waterthrush


When I’m out taking photos, I talk to birds.

For example, I’ll tell them:

“You’re a good bird.”

“You’re looking good today.”

“Good job.”

Or I’ll ask friendly questions, such as:

“How’s the waterthrush business?”

“Have you heard any good tweets lately?”

“What’s new in your part of the forest?”

Now, some of you may wonder why I’d do this.

1) On a practical note, this seems to put the birds at ease.

That’s because most predators sneak up silently. So when something (or someone) large approaches making sounds, they stay instead of fly away.

Of course, I’m moving slowly, often indirectly, to avoid appearing as a threat. And I’m speaking calmly, softly.

2) On a personal note, this puts me at ease.

That’s because I’m sending kindness toward the birds. And being kind always helps us feel better, safer, and happier.

In turn, this helps me relax and enjoy being outside, with my friends, the birds.


Louisiana Waterthrush, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Why I Talk to Birds

Louisiana Waterthrush


So I encourage you to talk to the birds. Say “hello” to everyone you meet. Ask them how they’re doing. Offer bits of praise.

Then notice how you feel.

By the way, I took these photos of a Louisiana Waterthrush in Gilman Park, Fullerton, CA. That’s special because the Louisiana Waterthrush normally lives east of the Mississippi. In fact, this is the third time that a Louisiana Waterthrush has been seen in Orange County, CA. So this bird was far, far from home.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Want to Know More?

See: 27 Ways to Be Kind


Birding Resources

The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info. See: American Bird Conservancy

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


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4 Comments
  • Bob Chianese
    Posted at 09:14h, 21 September

    It’s when the birds start asking for a contract that you might have some explaining to do.

  • Teri Rider
    Posted at 12:18h, 21 September

    I love that you talk to the birds, and of course you do! I do, too, and also all other animals especially in nature. I talk to the spiders in my yard and ask them to please move their web so I don’t accidentally walk through it—and they do! Love your blogs. Keep writing!

  • Brigitte Noel
    Posted at 09:57h, 23 September

    Really appreciate your photos and blog posts. Love to share them on my two Facebook pages.

  • Susan
    Posted at 15:32h, 26 September

    I love your blogs – they make me smile

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