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1 hour ago, HamRHead said:

Thanks for all of the input on the Audubon Bird Call and the related topics of pishing and playback. Very interesting. Also the caution about these practices is well taken. I am sure that I have abused playback on occasion. I do often use some basic pishing, as in ch ch ch ch. It is effective for getting sparrows to pop up at least briefly. Other species in this area that sometimes take an interest are Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Kinglets, and Cardinals. Some birds "pish" themselves. A chickadee will start grousing about something and other birds will show up to rubberneck and insert their two cents.

David Sibley has a good piece on the playback: https://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/04/the-proper-use-of-playback-in-birding/

Yes!  I appreciate the Chickadees--they bring everybody out if I set up my camera and/or stay in the same location for a while.  I don't have to pish at all when they are around.  😄

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1 hour ago, floraphile said:

@The Bird NutsI didn't realize pishing was detrimental.  😬  I don't use playback at all in the field.

The article that @HamRHeadlinked above is a good resource. Most people would agree that it’s fine to push, and even to use playback in certain situations. This is one of the big debates in the birding community that I’m sure could go on for awhile here. 

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10 hours ago, floraphile said:

Yes!  I appreciate the Chickadees--they bring everybody out if I set up my camera and/or stay in the same location for a while.  I don't have to pish at all when they are around.  😄

Here's an article from eBird from a few years ago that I found fascinating.  It's not that the chickadees bring the other birds out; it's that in the winter, the others are following the chickadees and titmice around.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/like-chasing-tornadoes-the-fun-and-challenge-of-mixed-species-flocks/

and from Birds & Blooms, although with less scientific content.

https://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/mixed-winter-flocks/

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Here's an article from eBird from a few years ago that I found fascinating.  It's not that the chickadees bring the other birds out; it's that in the winter, the others are following the chickadees and titmice around.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/like-chasing-tornadoes-the-fun-and-challenge-of-mixed-species-flocks/

and from Birds & Blooms, although with less scientific content.

https://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/mixed-winter-flocks/

Excellent articles!  

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