I am an underwater acoustician…so am very not up to speed with the bird acoustics world. However, I started enjoying bird watching in my back yard at the start of the pandemic. I use the Merlin app to identify birds I see. Within the app there are several example sound files of the different call types that species produces.
In one instance I was sitting my my deck and identified a Carolina wren (fun little guy!) I was exploring the sounds they make to try to learn to identify them by sound but then when I played it from my phone it flew over and was looking around and flew very close to me and the phone. I assume it was upset about another ‘bird’ in its territory.
My question is…in the bird acoustics world is this viewed as cruel or is it frowned upon? Or is the occasional at home ‘playback’ acceptable? In the future I could go inside to listen to the sounds.