Friday, October 30, 2009
When Will Those Birdcall Sounds Be Most Effective ???
Most birdhouse owners give very little attention on how important a good bird call sound is.
They could not even differentiate between baby sound, mating sound sound, leader in a colony sound and perhaps colony sound.
To me if your internal and external sounds sucks you will have very little chance of populating your new BH.
Since I am deeply involved with searching for good sounds and perhaps distribute them to all my blog readers, I am doing some extra works to observe what really happen when these sounds are played.
I have been spending countless hours watching those birds behaviours when different sounds were being played.
Each sound makes these birds behaves differently.
The speed of their flight towards the entrance hole varies from sound to sound.
The number of circles they make before they entered the BH entrance hole varies from sound to sound too.
One of the sound makes them fly straight into the entrance hole opening without making any circular flight around.
Some of these sounds seem to draw those birds towards the affected tweeters. The birds will land on them and start to pack them.
Some sound makes those birds cling to the tweeters and the nearby walls just to perhaps enjoy the soothing sound.
There were some that makes the birds enter the entrance hole but immediately after that they will fly out.
Some will not make any effect on those birds. It was as if they do not understand what the sound was all about. It was like those were not their sound.
In Tuaran when I entered the BH after playing my BC, the birds seem to be flying all around the ceiling as if they were searching for the caller who makes the sound.
If you play the sound inside the BH you will see lots of bird shits all over the place and not much at any specific tweeters.
To me there are still lots of new discoveries that needs to be done.
Not many local Universities or Veterinary Department that conduct any research on these kind of behaviours. To these people they means nothing to their organisation however to us the swiftlet farmer they do means alot. It is a matter of life or death.
One of the most interesting time of the day to play the right sound at your entrance hole is between 1 to 1.25 hours before darkness.
In Peninsular Malaysia is about 6.15pm till 7.30pm.
During this time of the day, if you happened to be in a BH walet central, you can see a very strange behaviour of all these birds.
They will start rushing home and wanted to be inside as soon as they can as if those predators will snatch them in the air if they do stays outside.
I make a few interesting discoveries when I was in Manjung, Perak.
During this "Rush Hour" it seem that these birds can be easily distracted and will enter any BH along their flying path home as long as the right sound with a strong volume being played.
It is like those "Cheetah" chasing the "Gazelle" in the grass plain of Africa. Those gazelle when being chased at high speed are very easily tumbled if the cheetah just slap on the gazelle's back legs. Once that happen the chase will be all over in a few seconds since the gazelle will be out of control and will flip and tumble on the ground.
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This phenomena is quite the same when those birds are rushing home to roost.
The moment they pass any entrance holes with a reasonably good sound plus high enough volume they will simply jump into the hole.
They are easily maneuvered from going home especially those that have yet to have a nest.
If you know what to do during this time of the day I am very sure your BH will be easily populated.
All you need is to be very observant and try to find ways and means to exploit their weakness.
Use these weakness to your advantage.
There is no need to sought helps here and there but use your brain and your eyes.
Oh yes please spend more time at your BH to observe what I was trying to say.
Don't blame Harry for informing you about this special findings.
If you think that I was not right please proof that I was wrong.
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