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Birding by Ear: Eastern/Central (Peterson Field Guides) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Abridged edition (April 4, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618225900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618225903
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(Birding by Ear and More Birding by Ear) are the best tools yet for learning bird vocalizations." - Science Times

About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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The groupings of the birds are very helpful.
Greta Niu
I listen to this set in my car during my commute, and now I can identify almost every sound I hear in my backyard.
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I highly recommend getting this if you are interested in learning bird calls.
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160 of 160 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I spend alot of time outdoors and have always been curious about identifying birds, trees and wildflowers around me. This set of CDs is the second set of bird calls I have purchased (and this does not even include all the on-line browsing and listening at the USGS Patuxent site). I have had a lot of difficulty with single bird/associated song or call types of audio (ie. name of bird-recording of call, next bird...). There are a lot of birds out there, and it is tough memory recall when you have a CD of 200 some bird calls and it is basically rote memorization to try to remember them. Not a whole lot of fun if you are a relative amateur and trying to learn to identify birds by call confidently. Those CDs will probably be useful for reference at a later time, but not now.

I then picked up the Learning By Ear CDs. Wow! This is what I should have bought a long time ago. There are 85 birds included on these 3 CDs, but they are grouped in a very intelligent fashion. Instead of just rote memorization, the birds are grouped by category. There is a really nice introduction on the first CD and then birds are presented BY GROUP (ie. Sing-Songers, Chippers and Trillers, Name-Sayers...). I cannot emphasize enough how useful this approach is to learning. Instead of just giving the sounds of, say, a Downy Woodpeckers, the CD pairs similar sounding woodpeckers so you learn that a Downy has a descending whinny and a Hairy Woodpecker has an even sounding rattle - they are compared and contrasted together it is very effective. I learned more listening to these CDs than I ever learned through rote memorization.
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197 of 200 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 28, 2004
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Listening to this 3-CD set for the first time, I cycled through an entire manic-depressive episode. The depression occurred early on the first CD, track 4--"Sing-Songers." If there was one bird song I thought I knew it was the American Robin's cheerful warble. Now I learn that there are three other birds that sound EXACTLY like the robin to me: the Scarlet Tanager; the Summer Tanager; and the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.
Oh no! I'm going to have to listen to these CDs a hundred times before I can even be confident of the robin again.
Later that same night, as I was crawling moodily into bed, I cranked open the window and heard a series of low hoots that sounded like, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you?"--Instant mood swing. I lay there grinning in the dark, because I had just identified a Barred Owl. He sounded exactly like he did on these CDs.
There is something so satisfying about being able to identify a song or a flower or even an animal track, as a reminder of the lives being lived around us--some of them very strange and beautiful. You will be amazed the first time you step outside after listening to these CDs, by how the orchestra of bird song begins to sort itself out into individual instruments. I was able to identify the Song Sparrow and the Oven Bird--two shy, unseen songsters that had been puzzling me for years.
Each of the tracks in this CD set contains narration as well as bird calls and bird song. Birds are grouped on a track based on similarity of song, which is why you'll find the Mourning Dove on the Owl track. According to the narrator, many people mistake them for owls.
At the end of the third CD, bird songs and calls are grouped together by habitat.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Carol Goodall on July 29, 2002
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When I first received this CD I was disappointed & overwhelmed. I thought, how could I possibly learn any of these bird calls (I'm 50 years old). It seemed like a monumental task. Well, I kept listening over and over (thinking the mnemonics were silly) and low and behold things started to click. I made a few forays into the field and was very excited when I heard bird calls and the mnemonics made sense. I still get excited when I'm able to identify a bird by song or call. I even find myself doing it on TV commercials. This CD isn't any good if you don't include field work with it. Practice, practice, practice and one day you will be out in the field and hear a bird and know exactly what you are looking for. This CD has made me a much better birder.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Zhivago on September 3, 2003
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I listen to these CDs while working out at the gym and boy did it pay off. While on vacation last summer in Vermont I could identify almost every bird call I heard without even trying. My ears would prick up at every sound of a bird and I would know what it was. It's a great feeling to take a walk in the woods or to garden in your back yard and know who is out there with you without fumbling with your binoculars. These are excellent CDs.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Randall Borst on October 24, 2005
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"The songs we're now hearing are ancient tunes..."

So begins Dick Walton's evocative and thoughtful narrative to these wonderful birdsong recordings. I learned many bird songs when I was young. That knowledge has stayed with me over the years but I always wanted to learn more. I became aware of this CD after purchasing The Singing Life of Birds by Donald Kroodsma. Kroodsma's enjoyable book contains a CD which includes owl recordings from the Peterson Field Guide. I liked those so much I tracked down this CD to hear more. I wasn't disappointed. This is an excellent CD set. The field recordings and production values are second to none. The sound quality is superb. Dick Walton helps us sort out all of these complex sounds and match them to the birds that sing them. What a pleasure it is to sit and listen to this three CD set through headphones. The CD package also comes with a 62 page identification guide showing all the birds whose beautiful songs are captured in these recordings.
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