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Subject: Re: Mp3's as a bird lure
From: "Bill Elrick" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 13:37:14 -0000
This may be the latest reply to any message ever on any Yahoo groups.
I sent this original message in September 2001.
I linked back to the original message so anyone interested could then 
see all replies.
I have been informed that there is a discussion at present on the BTO 
ringer's forum {closed to public} about this very subject.
I just wanted to say thanks again to everyone who encouraged me to 
keep trying and also to set the records straight as to the usefulness 
of mp3's as a bird lure.
I can say that without question any bird that would be attracted to 
tape or wav or any other kind of playback will also be attracted to 
mp3 playback. It may even be better as some of my recent catches have 
been quite exceptional.
Best species to use it on are Vireo's, Tanager's, Thrush, Ovenbird's 
and other warbler's. There are few exceptions of course but it may be 
the song that is the problem with say Yellow-throated vireo, Cedar 
Waxwings and crows.
Thanks to all those who actually go into the country side armed with 
a microphone, I have used these songs to great effect in my research.
 Bill Elrick
--- In  "Bill Elrick" <> 
> Hi,
>  I joined the list about a month back my name is Bill, however I 
> an email address that I seldom check. Not very bright I know.
> I would like to ask a question and hope no one else has just asked 
> the same.
>  I am a bird bander with all the federal and state licenses 
> I have been using tape cassette song to lure different birds on 
> migration or breeding to my nets. I recently bought a cd player 
> can read CDR mp3's. The advantage is I can now have 200+songs on 
> cd. The disadvantage seems to be the birds are not reacting to the 
> calls. I wonder if the mp3 format is to restricting to get the full 
> range of sound to attract the birds? This is also a little early to 
> really be having great success for fall song birds in Georgia. Last 
> year I found on the www a site that had Grey-cheeked and Bicknell 
> thrush nocturnal calls samples, I used to good effect playing them 
> my PC to speakers in my backyard. However these files are not wave 
> and not mp3 so I cannot reproduce them onto my portable player. I 
> think the owner of the list also owned that web site? If so is it 
> possible to get a copy of these calls as a wave file? I could 
> play them audible and use my mike to record them as wave files, 
> would no doubt add unwanted sounds.
> Thanks Bill Elrick


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