Song Sleuth, again

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'Peter Johnson (ITD)'" <>
Subject: Song Sleuth, again
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 16:43:51 +1000

Hi Philip,


In the U.S. the Song Sleuth is only provided with your local area module, this only contains approx 56 of the most common local birds, there are 14 of these modules, but even if you buy the combined version with all 14 modules (at U.S. $174.95 extra) you still only get a total of 130 birds.


As you state, many birders would already know the most common birds in their area, so this would be pretty pointless.


Of course at the risk of being stoned for being a heretic, I have my doubts about the ability of many of our so called ‘experts’ to reliably differentiate between many similar species. I myself am both poor of hearing as I suffer from tinnitus and am tone-deaf to boot. However the last time I went on a birding expedition in the UK with a bunch of experts, for virtually every call heard there was more than one answer (blood nearly flowed), and here in OZ with so many birds capable of mimicry, how do you know that a bird sound you hear is a particular species, a mimic, or even another birder sitting behind the next bush with his tape-recorder?


Personally, if I do not see it, then it might as well not be there.


Regards, Mike Simpson
Penrith, NSW


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