Bird language is the ability to read into the communication network of wild animals.
Whenever an animal moves out in nature, the birds are watching and they will give off calls that let other animals know what is happening.
Its a lot like those motion detectors people put outside their homes for security.
The motion detector has sensitive equipment that detects the movement of people moving in close to your house.
When the sensor catches movement it switches on a light which lets everyone who is paying attention know that something is moving in that spot.
When you practice the language of the birds, you’ll learn to detect the signs that animals are moving in forest around you.
When you stretch your awareness with bird language, you’ll start to notice patterns in bird behavior that let you know when certain events are happening in the landscape.
If an animal is moving in the forest, It’s like dropping a stone into a still pond. Rings of water emanate in waves from the center of the disturbance.
By observing closely for how the waves of activity are expressed by different birds. you can track how these concentric rings move through the landscape via bird vocalizations.
All you have to do is find the center from which the activity emanates in order to find the animal that is causing the alarm.
With enough listening and observation, you can learn to read the concentric rings that tell you exactly where an animal is and what kind of animal it is.
Bird Language with Tully
After I had been studying the language of the birds for a while and I had started to pick up on certain vocalizations that the birds make when there are animals nearby. I wanted to test my skills as a hunter.
I was living at a house in the country and one of my housemates had a cat named Tully.
I noticed that when Tully was outside the birds acted differently than when he was inside. Their behavior changed incrementally depending on how close by he was.
I would practice using bird language as the traditional hunters would have by trying to sneak up on Tully without him noticing.
Sometimes I was successful and got quite close before I heard his characteristic “meow!” that would let me know I had been caught.
An Ancient Skill
The language of the birds is very subtle. It’s a kind of awareness that was traditionally quite deeply ingrained in the culture of nature-based people.
People who have a deep awareness of nature and knowledge of place usually didn’t get this ability from consciously trying to learn it. It’s the result of an unconsciously ingrained awareness.
There are ways to cultivate this awareness more intentionally if you don’t have a culture surrounding you that already has this skill.
The most important factor that determines how well you get this skill comes down to the amount of sit spot time you have.
The quality of your awareness in one place that you visit regularly to connect with nature and make observations eventually turns into the ability to perceive the concentric rings on the landscape.
It’s a fascinating process.