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get your birdie DJ self on ... & who-who to you too
on April 21, 2011
i love this. i recommend it. i posed as birdie DJ for my visiting birder mother - hence the title - & she loved it too. get a second job & a back brace & buy one.
good descriptions of distinctive features, including of many calls per bird, & nicely highlighted listing of one-per-bird recording, which you can play with no need for elaborate orientation (play/on - # punch in - play/on). absolutely love, for example, previously-presumed-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker one - drops on last note - yummy - & you will think you can feel the swampy humidity through the speaker.
published out of oakland CA in fall 2010, i first saw it elsewhere in one of those specialty catalogues, which are a good 1st check place for high quality "best" items. found it here for 40% less.
beautiful artwork. wish they were DK-like imbedded photos instead, but won't quibble. has some side-by-side pages of artwork that attempt to display, in one picture, a particular region, with several birds shown as they would stereotypically be noticed - mostly successfully. in any bird book, i check the burrowing owl - 2 of the distinctive features of which, are: absurdly long legs & piercing bright yellow eyes. the standing fully displayed adult does a pretty good job of displaying the leg thing, & 1 of 2 immatures pretty well captures the eye thing.
the sound, however, to my immediate delight, informed me that i had unknowingly been hearing the sound of this bird frequently upon arriving back late from, say, the movies to my hideously untidy nest. i will note that the volumes have not been evened out in all the recordings. i had to lean in for a small percent. it might be difficult for a newbie to distinguish between accurate volume distinctions versus sound system or recording deviations.
would be a marvelous gift for any uber-birder in your covey. i don't consider myself to be an uber-birder, BTW, i just don't like to remain in ignorance, unnecessarily, in any domain, when my curiosity is piqued.