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Ranger Rick
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Participant Age: 
7 to 12, Under 7, 12 and up
Approximate Cost: 
$0
Duration: 
1 to 60 minutes
Date submitted: 
01/18/2013
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Physical Challenge: 
Call a Bird Closer
Spring is full of flitting birds and their trilling songs. Here's how to get a closer look at some feathered friends.
Steps
Step 1
Head Outside

Go to a place where you see or hear birds nearby, such as a row of shrubs, a big tree, or a patch of woods.

Step 2
Make Some Noise

Make this sound: PSSSH, PSSSH, PSSSH. This is called “pishing.” To birds, it sounds like an alarm call, so they get curious about what is going on. Some birds may swoop down to investigate.

Step 3
Identify the Bird

If you call a bird close to you, congratulations! Can you identify it? (Check a field guide for help.) And, for extra credit, can you match the bird with a song you’ve been hearing?

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