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Attn: Mike (Ricinus)

Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior MemberPosts: 7,027 Senior Member
Two questions:

1) Were you serious about the birding reference materials or were you just giving me **** from your socialist, non-Stanley Cup winning country?

2) Have you ever watched Trailer Park Boys?

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  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    You can bet your magic undies i was serious.

    Use to watch the Trailer Park Boys all the time.

    Mike

    PS:
    Nice avatar of a good CANADIAN boy..
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Actually Shawn I have good reference books- Sibleys, Peterson and a couple specific to Alberta/North America. I was interested in the song recognition app that was mentioned. My trees are now big enough that different species are moving in and hanging in the canopies and are difficult to see..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member
    Yes, the ones we adopt into Pittsburgh tend to turn out just fine.

    That show is killing me. Bubbles is hilarious.

    Do you have any birding books yet? That is a good first step. Here is rule #1 for books: Guidebooks with photos r the suck! Yes, the pictures are pretty but they are taken of a bird in a particular plumage during a particular time of year and with a certain angle of light hitting them. On the other hand, guidebooks with representative paintings/drawings show the bird in ideal light with all of its standard markings and other myriad field marks. From there you can extrapolate things such as a bird that has a somewhat worn breeding plumage, etc.
    So, I would recommend The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America and/or The National Geographic Guide To The Birds of Western North America.

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    As far as phone apps, I wouldn't worry about that too much but if you want, pick any one or several of the free versions.

    The great thing about the books is they are set in the correct taxonomic order and that will help you not only locate the birds in the book but also to learn the similarities of the "groups." So, when you run across a bird that you have not seen before or one that doesn't look familiar you will start to say, "Hey, that looks like a sparrow." That is a solid basis to start being able to identify birds that would otherwise drive you crazy.

    Do you have binoculars?
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member
    ****, all of that typing right down the drain...

    I have two sets of CD's. Yeah, old technology but I haven't been able to find anything better as far a learning songs/calls. I've had them for a while so perhaps they are available in digital format to download.

    Here is the Holy Grail of learning bird songs:

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    Unfortunately, I resisted this advice for some time and would listen to this set:

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    Its a great and comprehensive collection but that is all it is. The former set is designed to teach you the songs/calls as the narrator goes through similar sounding species. There are about 90 different species on the three CD's and then a test of sorts at the end. I don't use the test because then I would end up remembering the answers and not really learning the bird songs. True story: I listened to the CD's several times through one winter and really thought the information was all just jumbled in my head. And then I went birding and it started to click! So, keep at it and you will soon be able to recognize a few birds and then you will build on that.

    There isn't any recognition software. You have to put in some time to learn the various songs/calls.

    The upper canopy birds can be difficult (as you know) so when you listen to the CD's pay particular attention to those species, such as kinglets, warblers and vireos.

    A good birding app with songs/calls is iBird. I have the pro edition and I think I got it on sale for about $15, so approximately 3 Billion Canadian Pesos.
  • CuddyCuddy Senior Member Posts: 345 Senior Member
    I know nothing about birds (have a bit of a phobia actually- creepy little bastards), but I just want to point out that Canada won the World Cup of Hockey last night. Crosby was MVP and apparently is the first person in history to be a defending Stanley Cup, Olympic and World Cup champ at the same time.
    Also- Canada's national men's team hasn't lost a game in 2,400 days. ****!
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    I priced out those CD's on Amazon. I could buy the complete Bon Jovi collection for that!!

    The neat thing about the Trailer Park Boys is we all knew someone who was like one of characters= hopefully it wasn't us..

    I'll hit the local birding store to find those CD's, they seem to have everything.

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • HextallHextall Senior Member Posts: 9,520 Senior Member
    Birders are clowns. Real men are Goaters and listen for the goat calls that sound like human screams (the very best one is the last one):
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    You know who else likes goats, don't you?

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • HextallHextall Senior Member Posts: 9,520 Senior Member
    ricinus wrote: »
    You know who else likes goats, don't you?

    [goat sounding like a human]
    Yeeeaaaaah.
    [/goat]
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member
    /throws away binoculars/




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  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member
    ricinus wrote: »
    I priced out those CD's on Amazon. I could buy the complete Bon Jovi collection for that!!

    Mike


    Hmmm, that expensive? Well, like I said I kind of resisted buying the Birding by Ear set for a while and paid for it by being overwhelmed with the other set I pictured above.

    Go Canada!!!! I was actually rooting for them, as I have in all international tournaments since Mario's day ('87 Canada Cup). I was happy to see them win gold. Well, except for Marchand. That SOB can die in fire.



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  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Marchand is one of those players you just hate- until he plays for your team. Lucic is the same type.. Team USA is in transition and rebuilding stage and some of the young ones are looking very good. It takes time.

    I'll go to my neighbourhood birding store and see what they have, but I might go the El Cheapo route and get the less expensive one. It's funny the Eastern edition is about 1/3 of the price of the Western one- **** New Englanders..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 10,586 Senior Member
    I have a big guide book of Eastern US birds... Thought it was Audubon. Have to check. For a while I got into them and started keeping a log with dates and bookmarking the pages.

    Then I stopped being gay. :)
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    I have a big guide book of Eastern US birds... Thought it was Audubon. Have to check. For a while I got into them and started keeping a log with dates and bookmarking the pages.

    Then I stopped being gay. :)

    You never stop being gay-- not that there's anything wrong with that..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • BuffcoBuffco Senior Member Posts: 10,586 Senior Member
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    Smithsonian. I was way off.
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 7,027 Senior Member
    Buffco wrote: »
    I have a big guide book of Eastern US birds... Thought it was Audubon. Have to check. For a while I got into them and started keeping a log with dates and bookmarking the pages.

    Then I stopped being gay. :)


    You are dead to me.


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