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2 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

So I want to improve my sound birding, but I'm not sure how. I've tried eBird sound quizzes, but the audio quality is generally awful and have multiple species. How can I improve my sound birding (outside of field experience)?

Watching and listening is the only way I can connect the bird song to the bird, and I'm terrible at it. After repeated exposure, I eventually become familiar with the sounds and don't need to see the bird. Exposure to bird sounds is the best way, how you expose yourself to those sounds is up to you. Videos and audio recordings might work for some people but the best teacher and classroom for me are birds in the wild. 

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Just now, lonestranger said:

Watching and listening is the only way I can connect the bird song to the bird, and I'm terrible at it. After repeated exposure, I eventually become familiar with the sounds and don't need to see the bird. Exposure to bird sounds is the best way, how you expose yourself to those sounds is up to you. Videos and audio recordings might work for some people but the best teacher and classroom for me are birds in the wild. 

Yeah, I've pretty much learned the calls and songs of the birds in my immediate area by listening and watching the birds in my yard last spring.

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When I was in middle and high school and college I played the same bird-sounds records (Borror (sp.), Peterson, National Geographic) over and over and over, becoming familiar with some species long before I saw them. I also learned calls by listening and watching.

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31 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/product/the-cornell-guide-to-bird-sounds-us-and-canada/

If loaded on iPhone it will show thumbnails of the bird on your splash screen.  It doesn’t have any narration saying what bird, so you’d have to look at phone each time to see if your guess is right.  

I don't have a phone...

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I'm not sure what devices it might work on (I've used it on an iPad), but there's an app called Larkwire which is OK.  They just put out a version which does visual ids also, but from what I've seen that is for beginners.  I haven't tried the sound id on the new version.

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2 minutes ago, JP48 said:

I'm not sure what devices it might work on (I've used it on an iPad), but there's an app called Larkwire which is OK.  They just put out a version which does visual ids also, but from what I've seen that is for beginners.  I haven't tried the sound id on the new version.

Seems like it works on chromebook.

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