Pishing is when birders are “trying” to attract the attention of some little birdie by doing a “phhhhh phhhh – psst psst psst” sound. So many times I have found myself with a few non birding friends . . . then break out a few pish sounds after seeing a chickadee in the brush! My friends just don’t understand and I find myself explaining why I made those strange sounds and that “I am not going crazy”!
Pishing works because the sound is similar to many songbirds alarm call which could require these birds to arrive and assist in mobbing the unknown predator. Coopers or Sharp-shinned Hawks catch their prey by surprise and if there isn’t a surprise . . . . well, the hawks will not be able to catch any food and then fly away (works for the little guys)! Pishing will easily bringing in Chickadees but as soon as you get the Chickadee’s attention the other birds (nuthatch, titmouse, kinglets, etc..) will start to follow. On occasion pishing does scare away those birds you are trying to attract (so use pishing with caution)! Many sparrows or warblers will sometimes popup for a second when being pished and then quickly flee away! That can sometimes be enough time for a quick identification of your confusing fall warbler or little brown job.
Sorry dial-up friends 3:20 video clip!
Every birder will pish in a different ways and the above video is what works for “me”. I would love to hear many of your pishing stories . . . . I know everyone has some!
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