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    • Charles Ek
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      Not just bowhunters, as it turns out:

      When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

      Imagine what could be gained from understanding these calls!

    • Stephen Graf
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      Here’s the part that tells me the guy may not be a hunter:

      “As a recorder captured the ruckus, its instigator grinned with delight. “For birds, this is like a riot,” Dr. Greene said afterward, adding that he heard “a whole set of acoustic stuff going on that’s just associated with predators.” The distinctions are subtle — “even good naturalists and birders can miss this stuff,” he added.”

      I hear this all the time, and can easily tell when a hawk, or owl comes through the woods. No need to look up from my nap 😆

      I thought the article was pretty predictable as I read it and got to the above paragraph. But then it started getting better. Very interesting stuff, especially the road noise analysis.

      I know I get depressed when I hear constant road noise. Takes the life right out of me.

      And I was impressed with his family structure. All science minded, including the kids. What fun!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Fallguy
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      That is some very interesting stuff Thanks for sharing.

    • David Coulter
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      Neat story. Thanks for posting. Best. D

    • Col Mike
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      Charles

      Good post interesting stuff. And like Steve said a science family what fun that has to be.:D

      Just now as we sit here waiting on the meal to warm up, Linda says–do you hear the birds? They are arguing about mates:D. Aw–observation with all senses, of nature is the perfect entertainment–who needs TV.

      Mike

    • David Becker
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      You guys might enjoy Jon Young’s book [i]What The Robin Knows.[/i]

      More here:

      http://birdlanguage.com/

    • grumpy
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      So what is the crow saying every morning at 4:30??

    • Stephen Graf
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      grumpy wrote: So what is the crow saying every morning at 4:30??

      I think your young tender ears may not be ready for what the crow has to say 😯

      I love crows. That said, I think aside from humans, crows display some of the most despicable behavior towards others. And they are so damn smart too.

      There have been some great studies on crows that show their intellectual power and ability to communicate. One that comes to mind involved a bullet train in France that hit a crow and changed their behavior at a rate faster than the train moved. Another involved a thirsty bird that had a bottle of water. It deduced that if it dropped pebbles in the water, it would raise the water level enough to allow it to take a drink.

      I think what a group of crows is called sums them up nicely: A murder of crows. Best leave that bird alone grumpy! 😳 😆

    • David Coulter
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      There’s a great documentary called A Murder of Crows. It’s on Netflix for those of you who subscribe. Neat stuff. One nice thing about crows is that if you can’t find anything else you can always watch crows. Best, dwc

    • Brennan Herr
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      Jim Corbett’s book Jungle Lore has some great examples of using animal and bird sounds to determine what is going on around you. Great article thanks for sharing.

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