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F G East/Central Bird Songs Cd Audio CD – Mar 1999

2.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (a) (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395975220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395975220
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,640,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Need a dictionary of avian calls? This recording is for you." Dallas Morning News
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Once the standard field guide to bird songs for eastern North America, the Peterson guide (the present edition is its third) has now been largely supplanted by the Stokes guide in terms of usefulness. With over 200 species crammed onto a single disc, the sound samples are pitifully short, which is a shame since most of these recordings (from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's collection) are clear and beautiful. In addition, the Stokes guide only has one or two birds per track, which makes finding the species you want much easier on that CD.
This CD really deserves two reviews, one for its technical merits, which rate highly, and one for its usefulness to the birder, which rates very poorly indeed. So I'll compromise at three stars. If you are on a budget, you can pass this over with the confidence that your pennies will be better spent on Lang Elliott's superb Stokes guide. If you want a little something extra for pleasant listening and have the cash to spend, then go ahead and buy it, but ONLY if the essential Stokes CD is already on your shelf as a definitive reference.
Most of these same criticisms apply to the Peterson guide to western bird songs, which contains two CDs, about 500 species, and must place second to Kevin Colver's western guide in the Stokes series.
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This CD is somewhat disappointing since the a number of birds are clumped together in one track, and each bird's song is quite short. It's better than nothing, I guess, now that I have it.
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While most people expect wonderful things from Peterson guides, this CD set is sure to let you down.
It's is very limited in the number of birds it covers. And the recordings for each bird are minimal at best.
You are better off spending your money on the Stokes 3Cd set of Eastern Birds.
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This CD is very limited in both the number of species it covers and also the number of calls/songs for each species. For the money you are better off buying Stokes 3 CD set.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa05ce9d8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa066d924) out of 5 stars The Stokes guide has dated this once standard reference March 14 2000
By James Remsen, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Once the standard field guide to bird songs for eastern North America, the Peterson guide (the present edition is its third) has now been largely supplanted by the Stokes guide in terms of usefulness. With over 200 species crammed onto a single disc, the sound samples are pitifully short, which is a shame since most of these recordings (from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's collection) are clear and beautiful. In addition, the Stokes guide only has one or two birds per track, which makes finding the species you want much easier on that CD.
This CD really deserves two reviews, one for its technical merits, which rate highly, and one for its usefulness to the birder, which rates very poorly indeed. So I'll compromise at three stars. If you are on a budget, you can pass this over with the confidence that your pennies will be better spent on Lang Elliott's superb Stokes guide. If you want a little something extra for pleasant listening and have the cash to spend, then go ahead and buy it, but ONLY if the essential Stokes CD is already on your shelf as a definitive reference.
Most of these same criticisms apply to the Peterson guide to western bird songs, which contains two CDs, about 500 species, and must place second to Kevin Colver's western guide in the Stokes series.
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa066dfa8) out of 5 stars Buy Stokes CD Set instead Aug. 8 1999
By Traveling Irishman - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD is very limited in both the number of species it covers and also the number of calls/songs for each species. For the money you are better off buying Stokes 3 CD set.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06743fc) out of 5 stars Unfortunately this CD set was a disappointment. March 20 2001
By Traveling Irishman - Published on Amazon.com
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While most people expect wonderful things from Peterson guides, this CD set is sure to let you down.
It's is very limited in the number of birds it covers. And the recordings for each bird are minimal at best.
You are better off spending your money on the Stokes 3Cd set of Eastern Birds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06743cc) out of 5 stars Look elsewhere March 17 2004
By K Scheffler - Published on Amazon.com
This CD is somewhat disappointing since the a number of birds are clumped together in one track, and each bird's song is quite short. It's better than nothing, I guess, now that I have it.


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