Attracting birds with calls

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Subject: Attracting birds with calls
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 12:38:45 +1000
A recent thread has been discussing using electronic devices to play bird calls.
I have interpreted some comments to say that some birders are simply referring to the recorded calls as an in-the-field aid to identification. Other comments seem to say that some birders are attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to attract birds by playing the recordings out loud.

I am not going to try to dump my extremely high standards of morals and sense of right and wrong on anyone but I simply wish to ask the question: "Is there any real difference between using a recorded bird call or physically trying to imitate that bird's call or 'pishing' to try to cause a bird to present itself for a clear view by the observer?"

It seems to me that in each case the aim is to bring the bird out into the open. Regardless of how this is done, doesn't it still agitate the bird and possibly expose it to predation?


Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point


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