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Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Western Region Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607887843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607887843
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
A few years ago I purchased "Birding By Ear" by Richard Walton & Robert Lawson. It's good, but I was disappointed by the small number of species represented (my version has 90 birds on three CD's, though Amazon's current offering appears to be abridged onto one CD). Each track has detailed verbal descriptions of the songs, and disc 3 includes some practice mixes of different habitats so you can test yourself. I think it would make a good tutorial for someone just getting started in listening to bird songs. But for me "Birding By Ear" didn't work. The detailed verbal descriptions got in the way of listening to the songs. I wanted more birds and fewer words.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Erickson on March 30 2002
Format: Audio CD
Imagine a single CD set, with four CDs, that includes just about every bird you could hear in the western half of North America. Not just the common birds, but California Condor and Horned Puffin! This CD set is simply THE most comprehensive western sound set available. Each CD has at least 88 tracks, so most of the 551 species it includes can be quickly found on their own track. It also comes with a booklet that states not only where each recording was made (useful when you're distinguishing dialects in birds) but also a brief description of the context in which the vocalization was made.
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.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10 2001
Format: Audio CD
The quality of the recordings are excellent and the range of birds' songs covered is copious. The song for the Red brested sapsucker is that which is made by the Red breasted Nuthatch. It's not the entire portion of the recording for this bird. The part for the sound made by the Nuthatch "with nestlings" is under the sapsucker. Its not a case of confusion with the common name. A portion of the recordings were switched or mislabled for these two birds. I have not noticed this occurring anywhere else. If it does I would take away more stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25 1999
Format: Audio CD
Hard as it may be to believe, up until now there has not been a guide to bird songs of North America that includes virtually all the North American species AND which presents more than a brief snippet of sound for each bird. Until now, you actually could buy a more comprehensive guide to the bird songs of southern Africa than you could for North America! Plenty of less comprehensive sound guides for North America are on the market, but for an "encyclopedia" of bird sounds on this continent, birders have mostly had to content themselves with the Peterson sound guides, with their brief (5-10 second) sound samples and (until recently) completely outlandish price tags.
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.
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