BIRDING BY EAR uses an educational and entertaining method for learning bird songs. Instead of merely providing a catalog of bird song samples, BIRDING BY EAR actually teaches. This proven method has greatly enhanced the field experience for birders across North America. The authors have created learning groups of similar vocalizations and clearly point out distinguishing characteristics. Using techniques such as phonetics, mnemonics, and descriptive words, Walton and Lawson provide a context for learning the songs and calls of eighty-five species of birds found east of the Rockies. Combine the auditory instruction here with the visual features of the Peterson Identification System. Page numbers in BIRDING BY EAR's booklet refer to species descriptions in the PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH AMERICA, fifth edition.
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.
GRAY CATBIRD Dumetella carolinensis (p. 248) Disk 1: track 2: time 3:56 Habitat: Dense thickets and undergrowth. This bird often sings from its preferred habitat and thus stays out of sight. Voice: Song a disjointed medley of harsh, squeaky, and nasal phrases with occasional sweet notes. Each phrase is normally given only once. Call note: A harsh, catlike meeoow; also a harsh, crackling series of notes.
Text and narration copyright © 1990 by Richard K. Walton and Robert W. Lawson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.
"(Birding by Ear and More Birding by Ear) are the best tools yet for learning bird vocalizations." - Science Times