Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesWhy we pish


A loud buzzy urgent sound came from somewhere outside our house in Victoria Road. I went out to see if a neighbourhood cat was causing trouble -- some bird, probably a young one, sounded extremely alarmed. In the big sugar maple next door, where starlings live in a hole in the upper trunk, there was frantic action: a male and a female redstart, a red-eyed vireo, and what looked like a warbler with a yellow breast, were darting around in the tree at a frantic pace while the alarm squawk continued. I never did see the cause of the problem, and eventually things quieted down. I was certainly impressed to see how the bird community ralllied to the scene.
Come to think of it, if it makes the birds that frantic, maybe I'll stop trying to improve my pishing technique ...

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