I heard the house finches nearby and realized I had a cool experiment. I loaded allaboutbirds.org, and went to the Sound section of the house finch page, and started playing the various sound files.
It attracted the attention of a male house finch, who spent a while flitting about the branches just above me, repeating the sounds I played him.
Yes, reader: he shit on me. :)
Just landed on my leg and was very small, so no big problem, and I count that as a successful experiment in cross-species communication. I forgot that I had a video-enabled phone until the point where the nearby school let out and the added noise from traffic and kids drove all the birds away, but if they come back while I'm still out here, I'll try to catch a video of it. :)
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