As I sit here on my porch this morning I hear the varied songs of my feathered friends. As I sit on my screened in porch,I hear one near me. In an effort to be friendly I attempt to imitate his message. He replies and then I mimic his sounds. Back and forth we go. Suddenly I begin to think about the consequences of this mimicry.
The Warbled Thoughts Begin
What are my poor imitations telling that poor bird? What if the warbler is looking for a mate and my whistles are telling him that he’s a real loser of a bird? What if I am making male bird sounds back to a male bird? What is he thinking?
Worse still, what if I am telling some male bird, ” Come on over Big Boy!? ” So he flies over to where I sit and instead of a gorgeous, feathered female, he sees a lumpy, featherless, huge human? What if he is so lovesick and disappointed that he attacks his reflection in a window somewhere and dies, pining for his lost love. I would be sad to have done that to a sweet little bird.
Dangers of Mimic Warbling
A Hawk standing on the side of the road.
It is a good thing that I sit in a screened in porch. What if I was toying with the likes of a hawk, making love songs of a tasty sparrow and that hawk is very hungry?? Won’t he be pretty angry or frustrated that there is no food where the bird sounds were emitted from near my porch? He might be pretty angry that I led him on with my sweet sounding chirps and then come after me!
Don’t Be Rude
I used to imitate the call of the Bobwhite across a field. But was surprised at the bird’s tenacity in responding. Finally I gave up, having other things to do and left him wondering, “What a rude bird to lead me on and then stop!”
We need to be polite and thoughtful as we communicate with our avian friends and just quietly listen and be in awe of their warbling, least we cause damage. I am sure their messages are important to them or other birds of their kind.
Of course actually none of my bird calls would ever be mistaken for the real thing, so there is really not a problem for me. Lol