You need the full set of CDs for it to be much use, because they are
ordered taxonomically (unfortunately!).
I don't use the BOCA ones, but use calls from the Simpson & Day Field
Guide on CD-ROM. I've never really used the field guide itself
because it isn't very good - or at least the first couple of
editions weren't. My main criticism is that it really isn't a
multimedia guide as advertised - OK, there are movies and sounds, and
text so I suppose by definition it IS multimedia, but the whole
package is pretty disappointing. The images of the birds are the
same painted ones contained in the original printed field guide -
whilst the artwork is OK I thought that a multimedia guide should
have PHOTOS of the birds as well as MOVIES of some. Clearly, this is
a much bigger undertaking, and at least we have a CD-ROM where we can
listen to most species' calls while looking at the painting and
distribution map - but it could be SO much more useful!
So I don't really use the guide itself, but copied the folder of
songs onto my hard disk. At the moment I can only listen to them via
my laptop, but I'll be putting them on an MP3 player soon. Note that
you need to own your own CD-ROM to do this, and cannot share these
playlists, which would be a breach of copyright.
The BOCA recordings are normal audio CDs so much easier to use - they
also have more calls for each species, and Simpson & Day still have a
few missing species - but at least I now have access to recorded
calls for MOST species, at a fraction of the cost.
Maybe iTunes Music Store will have birdsing CDs soon??? I wish!!
On 23/07/2006, at 1:27 PM, Brenda Muncrief wrote:
Here in the US, a major component of my birding skill is "by ear,"
and I realize I will be at a loss in a new area. If I were going
to get only one or two of the BOCA birdsong CDs to study prior to
my trip and to load on my MP3 player, what would be your suggestion?
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Thank you for any help.
Huntsville, TX USA
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