A good friend on Red Bubble, John Absher, told me about the Bird Jam, Ipod, that has hundreds of bird songs and pictures on it, a perfect way to learn how to recognize native songbirds and to even attract them! I followed his advice and invested in this little gadget and have been amazed at how responsive birds can be to the calls. Sometimes they come and sometimes they don’t, but it’s always a challenge to see what will happen. One day in April, I decided to put the Ipod on my patio wall and play the painted bunting song. Within a few moments, I got the surprise of my life. A female painted bunting landed right on the Ipod and stayed there a good while, looking left, right, up, down, wondering where in the world her mate was. It was though she was saying, “I can hear you, but where are you, Honey?” Since that memorable day, the tune doesn’t seem to attract them any longer. They aren’t “bird brains” as some think; these little creatures learn fast. I may have fooled them once, but I doubt I’ll fool them twice. I thought some of you might get a kick out of this image. By the way, the painted buntings are still in my yard and vicinity. I hear the male singing lustily all the time, but he’s much too clever to show himself. He knows there’s an imposter in his territory, and he won’t even so much as respond to the fake bird’s cry! Neither does his mate! (I added the male’s picture on the Ipod screen for extra effect. I also apologize for the lack of quality in this shot; Mrs. Bunting caught me unaware and I had to shoot at an odd angle in order to get this picture; not the best but fun anyway).