Morcombe vs. Pizzey app sounds

To: David Adams <>
Subject: Morcombe vs. Pizzey app sounds
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:50:33 +1100
The Morcombe app seems to break the calls up into types more. E.g. For Lewin's 
Rail, there is "krek", "grunt" and "squeaky grunt and knock" in three separate 
tracks, whereas the Pizzey app has only one track containing some krekking and 
some grunting. I find it useful to have them broken up.

On the other hand, Pizzey includes the location for every track, while Morcombe 

The Pizzey app starts playing the first track as soon as you open the sound 
section for a species, and continues on to the second when it's finished. I 
much prefer Morcombe in that regard. It only plays the track you select.

Has anyone compared the tracks on these apps with what's on the BOCA CDs? Those 
are all rolled into one track per species, probably because of there's a limit 
to the number of tracks allowed on a single CD, but are all well described in 
the notes for each CD. When's that coming out as an app?

As for the call descriptions in field guides, they at least help you narrow 
down the possibilities when you're trying to id a call, and they help as 

Peter Shute

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> On 27 Nov 2013, at 6:47 pm, "David Adams" <> wrote:
> I've been trying out the sounds on the Pizzey app and comparing them with
> the Morcombe app here and there. Today I tried out the calls for Forest and
> Sacred Kingfishers on both apps. What I've been finding with my random
> sampling is that the collection of calls are often complimentary. If I had
> to pick one app based on pictures, it would be Pizzey. If I had to pick one
> on would be tough. David Stewart's recordings on Morcombe are
> excellent, as everyone knows. (I particularly like it that the natural gaps
> are left in place.) Then again, the Morcombe app often has a wide range of
> calls.
> So, if you can only manage to get one app...I'm not sure...but if you can
> get both, you'll probably be glad of it.
> Unless you don't like apps, in which case, you can stick to the field guide
> transcriptions of sounds. "LIke a box of marbles falling down stairs
> covered in maple syrup-EEEH-WOOH...falling away on the second note." That's
> not quite fair, but I can't say that I've ever found a written sound
> description of any help.
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