[BCAB] UK Birdsong app

Peter Bosher peter.bosher at btconnect.com
Wed Apr 27 14:15:43 BST 2011


Hi All,

There's a good Email group you might like to know about for blind 
bird enthusiasts:
To join, send a message to:
blind_birders-subscribe at yahoogroups.com

Tweet,

Peter


At 09:08 AM 4/27/2011, you wrote:
>Hi Janet
>
>I've always loved springtime, where there is so much bird activity, so
>buying these apps was well worth it to me as I don't know many calls apart
>from the more obvious ones.
>
>If you are interested, the RSPB have bird samples on their website, and they
>also sell a beautiful clock which has a different bird call on each hour.
>It is visually attractive too, because instead of numbers, you see the bird
>for each hour.  The calls are realistic, don't go on too long, and the clock
>has a light sensor so it quietens down or brightens up according to the
>level of light in the room.  It costs about 20 quid, and I think it's one of
>my very favourite things.
>
>
>Kind Regards,
>
>Jackie Cairns
>J&M Work-Ability
>
>jandm at work-ability.co.uk
>www.work-ability.co.uk
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
>On Behalf Of Janet Tuggey
>Sent: 27 April 2011 08:27
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Hi Jackie, well I was brought up on a farm, but I was never any good at
>identifying birdsong, except for the obvious ones.  Now I live in London and
>we do get some birds in our garden, but what really got me started wanting
>to learn the songs was when I went down to my Mum's for Easter, although she
>doesn't live on the farm anymore she's in the same village and her garden is
>just teaming with birds, and it would have been lovely to know what she had
>in her garden.  So I've now got the Birds of Britain app and will be
>downloading the other ones you mentioned.
>
>
>Janet & Wheat, the silly Shepherd cross -----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
>On Behalf Of Jackie Cairns
>Sent: 24 April 2011 11:37
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Hi John
>
>Thanks for that info, I'll check it out.
>
>I've become a bit of a nut job where it comes to birds and nature,
>particularly since moving to the most beautiful country spot on earth where
>the garden and surrounding area is full of them at present.
>
>The apps tend to give lots of information about habitat, and you can also
>choose whether you want seasonal such as spring, or just an alphabetical
>list.  You can also add them to favourites, and the loop will keep playing
>until you find the stop button on the iPod.
>
>Enjoy.
>
>
>Kind Regards,
>
>Jackie Cairns
>J&M Work-Ability
>
>jandm at work-ability.co.uk
>www.work-ability.co.uk
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
>On Behalf Of John Burling
>Sent: 23 April 2011 10:45
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Hi John. No, the iDentify British Birds CDs aren't especially geared up for
>this. I first began to take an interest in birdsong when I was about 12. I
>started buying LPs containing bird songs and calls, and spent time learning
>them. This was aided by the fact that those LPs typically divided birds into
>habitat groups, eg, garden, open field, seashore, riverside, woodland etc.
>
>I haven't used iDentify British Birds for a while, but from memory, you can
>look up birds by species type, but not habitat type. Ultimately, though, if
>you want to broaden your knowledge, it will probably be necessary to start
>systematically learning the songs of the more common birds, eg, start with
>common garden birds like blackbird, starling, sparrow etc that you can hear
>every day at this time of year.
>
>The reason why I like iDentify British Birds is that I can access the songs
>from both my 'phone and PC.
>
>Cheers.
>
>John
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
>On Behalf Of John M Hull
>Sent: 23 April 2011 08:27
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'; janet at uk1965.plus.com
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Dear Janet and John,
>I would like to be able to identify bird song as well. It seems to me that
>the web sites that offer this kind of information begin with the name of the
>bird, and then you can locate its cry. If you are blind, you are  working
>from the other end. You know the sound but you don't know what bird it is.
>Does the CD you mention help to deal with this problem?
>John
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk
>[mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of John Burling
>Sent: 22 April 2011 21:34
>To: janet at uk1965.plus.com; 'BCAB Discussion List'
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Hi Janet. I can't help with an  iPhone app, but I can recommend a cd-based
>product containing mp3 files which can be downloaded to any suitable phone.
>This is the most comprehensive compilation of UK bird songs and calls I've
>come across, and the files are structured into folders which make it easy to
>find the songs for specific birds. Obviously because it isn't an app,
>there's no bird song recognition facility.
>
>The product is called iDentify British Birds, from www.birdguides.com, Tel
>0800 919391.
>
>Hope this helps.
>
>John
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk
>[mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
>On Behalf Of Janet Tuggey
>Sent: 22 April 2011 19:27
>To: 'BCAB Discussion List'; viphone at googlegroups.com
>Subject: [BCAB] UK Birdsong app
>
>Hi all, does anyone know of a UK specific birdsong app for the iPhone?
>I'd
>like to be able to identify birds in my garden and wondered if there was an
>app which either listed samples of bird song, or could recognise it and tell
>you what bird it is.
>
>Cheers
>
>Janet & Wheat, the silly Shepherd cross
>
>
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