The one thing that may work well is to cover your window with bird netting. You will find it the mesh in the store. It is the same one used to prevent fruit trees from being picked on by birds. After covering your window, always do constant checks because some tiny birds may get entangled there.
The other option is looking for scare items – like a fake owl that flashes its eyes. These items will keep the birds away. That will mean that the chirps will die, and you will have the peace you want.
Dealing With Bird Chirps, Whether Wild Or Pet
All-night chirps from singing birds have the potential of driving you crazy. And, it doesn’t matter whether the birds are your pets or are wild ones. Here is the explainer – wild birds sound neverending chirps during their mating season, and they last for less than a couple of weeks. If wild birds decide to perch on your roof, you may lose precious sleeping time.
While that is the case for wild birds, pets have different chirping reasons. Stress due to a new environment and attention-seeking are the main reasons why Birdie will keep chirping at whatever time. Here are the guidelines for dealing with both types of birds:
1. Using a hose, try and shoot light sprays of water at the birds. This will make them fly off.
2. Use bird-control products. These include bird deterrents (wires, spiders, and slopes). Their primary function is to prevent the chirpers from nesting, roosting, or landing on your building. If you don’t know, bird spiders are stainless steel items that have movable arms and help prevent the landing of birds.
3. Use bird repellent. Apply any liquid but non-toxic products to where birds usually land in your house. To find out the areas where the birds land, look for scratches and droppings. Then, make the application in that area. A tacky, smeared surface is one that the wild birds will find very irritating to land on.
4. Install an in-house fan. The spinning of the blades will create a sound that will muffle the chirps of the birds.
5. You can set your playlist to go over relaxation recordings.
6. Leave the radio on. The noises will scare the birds away.
7. Fit your ears with earplugs, or get a pair of earmuffs.
1. Assuming that the bird is caged, get a towel or a blanket and place it over the cage. The material of the covering should be breathable to avoid breathlessness. Once you do this, the bird will go quiet instantly.
2. You can move the cage into a silent room. Follow that by switching off the room’s light. The bird should start quieting down. If not, try to converse with your pet in a low tone to ensure that the squawking goes low.
3. You can go for conditioning, which involves training the bird to stop with the squawks. The process is as simple as follows:
a) As the bird squawks, turn on a fan or a light for a couple of seconds. The buzz of air or shine of the light should startle your pet bird, and then, it will quiet down.
b) Turn off the fan or the light and wait for a whole minute to pass.
c) If the bird remains quiet, try petting it by rubbing its feathers. Better still, reward the behavior with a treat.
d) Wait for another one minute. If the bird remains silent, attend to it in the same way as in (c) above. You can even take it out of the cage.
e) Repeat the above steps (a – d). This will create a behavior that rewards the bird for making fewer squawks.
Birds That Sing – Eight Of The Best
I know that the chirps may be annoying. But, if you listen keenly, you will find that they have a great musical value. Noisiness aside – you and I know that the sounds that birds make are attractive. They have been harvested by musical therapists and used as tools of relaxation and elevation.
In that bird-loving spirit, I have organized eight birds that light up the night with beautiful notes. The birds that sing are called nightjar birds, or nocturnal-tune birds. When dusk kicks in, the calls of these singer birds start. Then, the sounds carry the night’s hours until the sun comes up. Here are some characteristics of nightjar birds:
1. They have long wings.
2. They have short bills and legs.
3. Also, they are medium-sized.
4. Their diet is strictly insectivorous.
Now, let’s look at each of the birds:
1. Northern Mockingbird
Number one brings us to an entertainer who has super-whimsical tunes. This bird is known for its extraordinary ability to mimic a spectrum of songs. Throughout the United States, you will find the Northern Mockingbird extensively. They can sing different notes and tones, and they have very particular sequences. Also, they switch playfully between tunes to show their vocal prowess. If you’re a bird lover and need to see this bird, check them out up high in the trees. Also, they visit urban and suburban areas, so be on the lookout.
2. Hermit Thrush
In North America, this bird has people saying that it is among the crème de la crème of songbirds. Since it is part of the nightjar family, the hermit thrush is medium-sized and reddish-brown. From Canada, the US, and Mexico, you will recognize the song of the thrush. It mixes warbles and musical whistling. Its tunes are easy to hear, and you will find it singing at dusk or dawn. So, when is the best years’ time to listen to this bird? Well, thrushes will sing into the night when spring is starting and when fall is ending.
3. American Robin
I think that you already know this one. The robin is a favorite and is quite famous in suburban areas. Commonly, it sings early in the morning, but the bird can be found singing during night-time. Ideally, you will hear the American robin sing during spring since that is the mating season. Often, you may spot the birds hopping and running across lawns in suburban areas. If you listen keenly during the nights of fall and winter, you will hear the bird exercising its lungs.
4. Common Nightingale
The name of this bird should tell you everything you need to know about its musical prowess. Although the bird has an ordinary appearance, its vocals, tunes, and notes have a particular magnificence. This will blow your mind – the musical range of the common nightingale is of at least 200 songs. Listening to the bird on one lucky night could bring you to all the tunes.
The bird is rather shy – it remains behind dense bushes hiding, but its sounds don’t. And interestingly, the bird does not get tired of singing. Other songbirds may stop their musical performance, but the nightingale will hit those notes until the sun comes up.
5. Night Heron (Black-Crowned)
This bird will make you go past your back yard, but the trip is worth taking. I will warn you, however, that the heron’s sounds are not lyrical – they are croaky and raspy. You cannot miss them (as they are very distinctive), and you will hear them all night long.
The birds live in marshes, wetlands, and swamps. Their sounds will help you make your birdwatching a fun experience.
6. Yellow-Breasted Chat
This bird is not to be confused as one being of the warbler family. You will find this chat in your backyard singing through the night. Like the nightingale, it likes to hide in the thicket. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spot it. Look for anything yellow, and that is likely to be the bird’s breast or throat.
The bird will rise from the thicket to mingle chatter, raspy notes, and delicate chirps – and you will miss none of it. A spring’s night is the best time to hear the yellow-breasted chat singing.
7. Owls Of The Night
Don’t be surprised to hear owls singing, even with the grim look on their faces. Owls are nocturnal birds, and they have a habit of making sounds at night. Check the following owls out:
8. The Barred
The low hoots of the barred owl are its identifier. It will hold longer-than-long notes when the song is about to end. This type of owl is mostly found in the eastern side of the United States. You may find the owl hooting solely, but other times, it may have its mating and musical prayer. The two owls – male and female – will call each other hours into and out of the night. These are found in dense forests near a source of water.
9. The Barn
You can find this type of owl in many cities and habitats. In North America, the barn owl is the most common. The bird likes lower-than-low elevations, and it may be found resting in desert, fields, and grasslands. Also, this owl seeks out barns and trees that are hollow. Don’t be surprised to see them using nest boxes.
The shape of the owl’s head is heart-like, and the sounds it makes are not very melodic. I’m talking about loud screeches.
How To Know A Bird Song Or A Bird Call
If you are a birder, developing bird-listening skills should be on your bucket list. It is a valuable skill, and it will better your birding experience. At the end of any birding adventure, it will be easy for you to know the type of bird just by hearing it.
Learning bird sounds can help you know where a bird is, instead of relying on momentous flickering in the bushes and trees. The most important reason for learning this auditory art is that it makes you identify a bird positively since sounds are distinctive.
As they say, practice will make you a perfect identifier of birds. Here are the steps you should take to identify a bird song or call:
1. Familiarize Yourself With The Tunes
Start with the common ones – learn all the calls and songs of the birds’ species in your region. This way, it will be a no brainer for you to know what to listen for in the field. You can get bird sound recordings from the following avenues:
b) Specialized books
c) Bird compilation CDs
d) Electronic downloads
Using multiple resources will help improve your exposure to tunes and songs. Once you have mastered the standard and most familiar birds and their sounds, your birding experience will be enjoyable and fruitful.
2. Go To The Field Early
The musical wave hit together with the rising sun, so you need to get to the site early. It may be a forest or a back yard, but ensure that you don’t miss out on the early-morning experience.
The sounds you pick in the morning will be instrumental in your daytime and afternoon birding times. You will not miss the dawn chorus – when most birds are hitting those notes.
3. Stillness Is Key
You should know that birds have a delicate hearing, and a little disturbance would shut their choiring down. So, do not disturb or threaten their peace. Ensure that you stride slowly and carefully, making sure that you follow a trail. Stop momentarily and pay attention to the ambiance. The stillness should motivate any bird around to inflate its lungs and sing powerfully.
Once you hear a bird singing, shut your mind down to any other sounds, and focus on the bird’s vocalization. It is easy to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. Slowly turn your head side to side, or even look over your shoulder. Avoid making any of the following movements, since they can disrupt the silence:
a) Rustling your attire
b) Turning pages of a book or a guide
c) Scuffing with your feet through grasses or leaves
4. Use Your Experience To Identify The Type Of Call
As you listen, try to wrap your head around how the call sounds like. Birds produce different types of tunes (sounds, calls), and I will explore them soon in this read. Once you know the type, it becomes easy for you to identify the birds.
So, What Should You Listen For?
Having identified the call, you need to employ careful listening. This will require you to look into the sound’s details. Here are the voice details you should pay attention to:
|No.||What To Pay Attention To||Guiding Questions For The Auditory Assessment|
|1.||Pitch||How up-high or down-low is the song (pitch shape)?In one call, how does the pitch change?In the song, where does the pitch shift in terms of shape?|
|2.||Quality||Is the song a buzz, a rattle, a warble, a whistle, a bugle, or a screech? Is it a hoot or just some other tone?In a single song, can you hear different tones?|
|3.||Length||How long do the birds sing the song?Is it possible for you to count each second the song lasts? If the song gets repeated, how long does the bird engage in it?|
|4.||Tempo||What is the number of beats in the songs, and how quick are they?Are there any pauses? If so, which of the breaks, based on your perception, are part of the song?|
|5.||Volume||Are there any changes in terms of volume?If the volume changes, how and where does it shapeshift?Can different birds engage in the same song but sing it with different volumes?|
|6.||Repetition||Have you noted any repeated syllables at several parts of the song?Can you count the repeated sequences? If so, how many are they?|
|7.||Mimicry||Can you perceive any non-bird sequences or tones like:Car alarmsDoor squeaksLoud toolsSounds by other animals (roars, barks, howls, bleats, et cetera)If so, you are listening to a bird mimic, such as a parrot.|
The Calls That Birds Make, And The Reasons Why
As I had mentioned previously, I will now open you up to the sounds that birds make. Bird vocalizations are as complex as human language. Each sound made by a bird is purposeful (has a ‘why’ explanation) and circumstantial (produced around particular circumstances). Check the following table out:
|No.||Name Of Song/Call/Sound||Whether The Sound Is Vocal Or Non-Vocal||The Reason(s) Or Circumstance(s) Behind It, And Their Description|
|1.||Alarm call||Vocal||Alarm calls are piercingly sharp, quick, short, and loud.They are warning tools – when sounded, a bird is, in most cases, signaling the rest of the flock that danger is imminent.An alarm call can get carried over long distances.Angry or aggressive birds may use this type of call as an intimidation tool.|
|2.||Begging call||Vocal||Younger-than-young birds and juvenile ones typically make it.The calls are plaintive.Their primary purpose is to draw attention.The begging call may include – whines, peeps, wheezes, chirps, and rasps.The call is not loud, but powerful enough to be picked if you’re near the nest.When a young one begs, they accompany the sound with fluttering their wings.|
|3.||Contact call||Vocal||This is used by birds flocking together and want to signal each other.The call involves loud chips, buzzes, and chirps.Mates use it to keep in touch.Also, it is an alert tool to the flock if one bird founds a food source.|
|4.||Flight calls||Vocal||They are made when birds are cutting through the skies.Flight calls may sound the same as contact tunes, or have better musicality.Flight calls are common during seasons of migration.|
|5.||Songs||Vocal||They are familiar and distinctive.They are the most musical calls, are more elaborate and more prolonged. Their primary purpose is mate attraction, territorial marking, and intruder scaring.|
|6.||Bill drumming||Non-vocal||A bird will be ramming its beak against a hollow surface, and the bill drumming will get produced|
|7.||Wingbeats, buzzes, claps, or trills||Non-vocal||These are in-flight sounds.|
|8.||Beak clacks or snaps||Non-vocal||The non-vocal sounds stem from aggressive behavior.|
|9.||Scratches||Non-vocal||Foraging birds make these sounds.|
|10.||Booms||Non-vocal||During courtship, chest/throat air sacs boom with sounds.|