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Birding by Ear: Eastern/Central (Peterson Field Guides) Audio CD – Audiobook, April 4, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Love this! Hubby and I listen to it while eating our dinner. The organization of the calls is great but, geez, it is still hard to commit all the calls to memory.Published 16 hours ago by Ellee
By comparing various bird songs this program greatly aids learning to recognize songs. I only wish more bird songs were covered. A sequel?Published 10 days ago by L. K. Frances
I was disappointed, but that may not be everyone's reaction. I heard this recommended on a Nature program as a good set of CD's to listen to while driving. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Patricia P Nelson
My niece and I are very active birders, and we both agree that these disks have greatly enhanced our birding experience! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janice McClelland
This was everything that I expected and will certainly help me with the birds that I am weak on, which I don't get to hear often.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Hirt
Very informative and good way to learn and remember bird songs -Published 3 months ago by Explorer11
I have really enjoyed this VERY helpful guide. It is great for helping you key in on the subtle differences between similar calls, and giving you tips identify and remember the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aimless UFO
I haven't listened through enough of the set to form any opinions on the quality of the content, but what immediately jumped out at me is the atrocious job done managing the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by yorknh