Pocket PCs for Bird Calls

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Subject: Pocket PCs for Bird Calls
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 09:49:04 +1100
Frank O'Connor wrote:

Has anyone tried to use a pocket PC (such as an HP iPAQ) to store bird calls?

I've used my Palm Zire 72 to store and playback calls as MP3 files, with
mixed results.  Attempting to call in birds had mixed results, partly due
to the limited output level and frequency response of the internal speaker,
and I suspect also the MP3 encoding process throwing out important (for
birds) parts of the original recording.  Those birds that did seem to be
attracted probably would have responded to pishing and other noises.
An external speaker would overcome these limitations, but is inconvenient;
headphones are fine if you only want to hear the calls yourself.

Any MP3 player could be used, of course. I've yet to try bird calls on my
iPod Nano, but the wide range of portable speaker "docks" available for
iPods looks promising.


   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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