20 Sep Talk to Birds | Sept 2017
Why I Talk to Birds
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.”
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 may 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 you feel better, safer, and happier.
In turn, this helps me relax and enjoy being outside, with my friends, the birds.
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.
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Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation