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Eastern/Central Bird Songs Audio CD – Mar 19 2004


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co (March 19 2004)
  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,019,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James H. Tupper on April 23 2010
Format: Audio CD
Although the bird sounds (songs) are well recorded, I found the format very awkward.
Individual species sounds were hard to locate since all related birds were lumped into one audio file.

Apart from that, I found the recordings to be helpful and in my opinion accurate for that species.
However, I would not recommend this product as there are far better bird sound resources available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K Scheffler on March 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Remsen, Jr. on March 14 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Irishman on March 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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