Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Western Region Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Never before has such an extensive collection of western American bird sounds been made available to the birding public. I hope you will enjoy the sounds of these 552 species, including dozens of species and subspecies heard NOWHERE else. Birding from Brownsville, to Barrow, and in your own backyard will become a richer experience as you learn the sounds of these wonderful birds. The only species I hoped to present but could not were Mountain Plover, Sabine's gull, Cravieri's murrelet, and McKay's Bunting. (BTW the reviewer from OR will be relieved to know that the Red-naped Sapsucker voice was indeed labeled correctly, no mistaken ID.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Kevin J. Colver has recorded the sounds of nature in digital clarity for many years. His personal collection of over 400 species of bird vocalizations was the foundation to which recordings from a team of noted international recordists were added to produce, by far, the most complete library of western American bird sounds ever published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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After reading the reviews here, I bought the Stokes guide. It's perfect: 551 species and no extra talking (just a short introduction at the beginning of disc 1). A quick example of the depth of coverage: 18 species of owl compared to "Birding By Ear"'s three. I found it easy to locate what I wanted; the CD guidebook is very clear. Occasionally two birds are combined together onto one track to overcome the format limitation of 99 tracks per CD (otherwise it would have been a five-CD set). Sometimes multiple kinds of calls are included for the same bird; for example, alarm calls followed by juvenile begging calls. This is definitely the collection for me.
To begin learning the songs and calls of western birds, you might want a simpler guide. But even beginners can select a few species at a time to tape onto a cassette and listen to over and over, then tape a few more over that and listen to them over and over. If you only purchase one sound recording set for western birds, this is the one to get.
And you can't beat Amazon's deal when you buy both [now and save.]
Finally, with the publication of the western edition of the Stokes guide in 1999, birders have the definitive reference they have been waiting for. These two volumes (the eastern edition is by Lang Elliott) together must be considered among the greatest bird sound guides ever published, anywhere.
Lang Elliott and Kevin Colver, the compilers of the two guides, are among the best natural sound recordists in the Americas, and had extensive experience producing their own CDs and tapes of natural sounds before they undertook the massive editing job for these guides. The results are stunning. The bird songs (averaging 30-35 seconds for each species, with variations of song and call notes also given where appropriate) are reproduced in the best audio quality possible. Notes accompanying the guides list each vocalization type heard on the CDs or tapes. The CDs and tapes average over 70 minutes each; about 8 1/2 hours of listening if you get both guides.Read more ›
Amazon.ca doesn't seem to like negative comments. So, I'll give a frank critique.
The arrangement is fine and logical. There are many birds in this recording but there are some missing. The collection of Emberizine sparrows and wood warblers is not complete. A very few tracks are inaudible. For example, the Virginia Rail sounds very distance. Anyone who has stood close to a calling Rail knows the difference.
BTW, has anyone noticed the mess in the printed catalog that comes with the CDs?
So, this title is still a work in progress. That said, this CD set is good value at this price.
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A Xmas present to myself and well worth it. Very well done and I use it a lot to help me know what a bird is when I can't find it in the trees and shrubs though I can hear it.Published 7 months ago by me
A valuable addition to any birders library.
I found the format easy to use and the sounds clear and accurate. Read more
I own several bird identification books, this one is the best for the northwest region. My college zoology instructer recommended this to our class, and I was surprised at the... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003
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