[mou] Pishing (or is it spishing)
sweston2 at comcast.net
Tue Jun 19 23:34:38 CDT 2007
Anybody who birds with me, knows that I frequently pish occasionally with
excellant results. I feel that I have had some excellant conversations.
Obviously some birds species respond and others could give a d...m. The
chickadees are best known for their responsiveness. I believe that most
times of the year, if there is a chickadee within a quarter of a mile, it
will check you out. I have pished whole flocks of thirty and more out of
the brush. Once I held my hand out and pished a chickadee right onto my
hand. Other bird groups that are strongly responsive are the warblers,
nuthatches, finches, sparrows, wrens, and gnatcatchers. I once walked up to
a bush and pished from about ten feet away. A song sparrow flew out heading
straight for the sound and my face, veering off course at about three feet
and heading back into the bush. A second set of pishing and he flew half
way out and settled on the trail and stared. I like to sit under a bush
where I am all but hidden and pish. One time I filled the bush with about a
half dozen assorted warblers that were four to ten feet away.
While some species in a group are more reactive than others, I have found
that the more reactive species groups almost always respond. I have heard
that pishing does not work in the tropics, but when I was down in Ecuador, I
found that the warblers and sparrows were still very responsive. But, they
make up a much smaller percentage of the bird population.
Other birds are unresponsive. I have never seen any reaction from a
flycatcher or a shorebird. Also I have had no response from any
butterflies, but even though I try, I have never expected one. One time I
thought the woods were so quiet that an accipiter must be near. I pished
and a Cooper's Hawk flew by about 20 or 30 feet away.
I do make other sounds to attract birds. A Screech Owl trill I found is
successful in calling some birds, especially cavity nesters. And a short
low whistle will draw out some owls. I have had Long-eared Owls and
Great-horned Owls respond. Once a GHO flew just a couple of feet over my
Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN
sweston2 at comcast.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pastor Al Schirmacher" <pastoral at princetonfreechurch.net>
To: <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>; <mou-net at moumn.org>; <wisbirdn at lawrence.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:33 AM
Subject: [mou] Pishing (or is it spishing)
> How effective do you find pishing to be?
> Sometimes I think we pish just to keep ourselves busy while waiting for
> the target bird to pop up - seems like we can go days without the desired
> response - then there are days like today, when casual pishing drew in
> Mourning, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided Warblers with little
> effort (latter three in same tree).
> Which leads to the questions of: How much should we pish? Are there
> times when pishing should be avoided?
> Wondering while working on Sunday's message about prayer,
> Al Schirmacher
> Princeton, MN
> Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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