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Songs of Garden Birds: The Definitive Audio Guide to British Garden Birds [Audiobook, Live] [Audio CD]

British Library
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Book Description

29 May 2006
A very popular audio guide which helps to identify the bids that come to our gardens- not just the early morning minstrels that wake us with their songs, but all those that sing around our homes at any time. Features recordings of the typical songs and calls of the fifty-two species most commonly found in British gardens. This CD presents an introduction to learning and identifying bird sounds in your garden. Includes an introductory booklet. Track listing Track Listing: 1 House Sparrow 2 Starling 3 Blackbird 4 Song Thrush 5 Mistle Thrush 6 Blue Tit 7 Great Tit 8 Coal Tit 9 Marsh Tit 10 Long-tailed Tit 11 Greenfinch 12 Goldfinch 13 Chaffinch 14 Robin 15 Dunnock 16 Wren 17 Feral Pigeon 18 Wood Pigeon 19 Collared Dove 20 Magpie 21 Jay 22 Carrion Crow 23 Rook 24 Jackdaw 25 Great Spotted Woodpecker 26 Green Woodpecker 27 Sparrowhawk 28 House Martin 29 Swallow 30 Pied Wagtail 31 Nuthatch 32 Treecreeper 33 Goldcrest 34 Spotted Flycatcher 35 Blackcap 36 Chiffchaff 37 Willow Warbler 38 Bullfinch 39 Siskin 40 Brambling 41 Black-headed Gull 42 Redwing 43 Fieldfare 44 Tree Sparrow 45 Reed Bunting 46 Yellowhammer 47 Pheasant 48 Rose-ringed Parakeet 49 Swift 50 Canada Goose 51 Herring Gull 52 Tawny Owl

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  • Audio CD: 16 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division; Com/Pap edition (29 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071230519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712305198
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm prepared to bet that this CD of bird song will be among your "most inspiring audios ever" collection. --The Guardian

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good audio recordings of most garden bird songs 5 July 2009
By Invicta
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Songs of Garden Birds covers 52 species of birds that are common in UK gardens or attracted to our gardens by bird feeders.

The quality of most of the records is excellent and many species have several different clips covering song variants such as dawn song and alarm calls.

The booklet with the CD contains notes on each species covered on the CD and their relationship to our gardens. I prefer this to narration on the CD so you can focus on listening to the bird song itself.

I bought this collection to improve the number of birds I could identify by their song. The range of calls and quantity on the CD has greatly improved the chances of me identifying a bird by its song.

The only downside of this CD is the range of species covered is a little limited, e.g. two gulls are included but only one owl.

If you want a good audio guide to most of the garden species then this is a good buy, if you are looking for help to identify a specific bird in your garden then the complete set by the same publisher would be a better bet than this garden collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DWISOTT (Does What It Says on the Tin!) 25 May 2009
What can I say, except what the title of the review says? I would have liked the names of the birds to have been announced as part of the audio, but there we are.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 9 July 2009
Probably my own fault but it doesn't do what I expected.
I expected a recording of bird song with a 'voice over' (or voice under?) of identification.
Instead it is a succesion of different bird song with the necessity to refer to the CD cover to identify the bird, for which you need to keep tabs of exactly where you are in the CD running order.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically helpful and enjoyable 29 Jan 2010
By Julia
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I am delighted with this CD and personally feel it is much better NOT to have a voice-over. It is very easy to follow the track listing, but if you wish you can play a guessing game and see how many birds you can identify without referring to the guide! A great way to learn! It is also pleasurable to listen to - surely the best music of all time is nature's own.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Garden Birds 22 Jun 2009
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Disappointing. You need to follow the text in order to figure out which bird is singing. I would have preferred the birds to be identified on the track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No nightingale? 23 May 2009
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Good length of tracks for each bird, but with Tawny Owl, Canada Goose etc, (not many in my garden) why not a nightingale?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birdsong! 28 July 2010
Brilliant CD with true bird sounds, when played with the window open, we got a response from the garden! prompt delivery and free postage thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive, restful, uplifting 14 Aug 2011
This CD is aimed at aiding identification of birds seen and heard in the garden. The total number of birds recorded is 52, and for most there is a selection of calls, such as for the blackbird where we are offered both dawn and afternoon song and two different alarm calls. The booklet included with the CD explains which are which and offers notes on the circumstances in which less obvious 'garden' birds such as the Reed Bunting, Tawny Owl or Canada Goose may be seen in or heard from a garden.

On playing the CD, my knowledge and understanding of the sounds began to expand immediately. An early delight was to discover the wing claps of the wood pigeon, a notably sharp clapping sound, as if two pieces of wood were being brought together, or perhaps a handclap. I would not previously have thought it an 'official' part of the bird's repertoire, but having discovered that it is was thrilled to hear it in the flesh, so to speak, almost straightaway.

Fifty two different birds seems a lot, but living as I do on the fringe of a country village I feel a need for samples of the cries of more owls, and of birds of prey other than just the Sparrowhawk. The cuckoo is a surprising omission. Admittedly, though, we all know its early spring call and it is not usually heard from actually within a garden.

One sound heard on the CD is not the song or cry of a bird as such, but the hammering on a tree of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. I frequently hear what seems to be the identical sound, but does that mean the (unseen) woodpecker is necessarily the Great Spotted? Perhaps that demonstrates that a CD plus booklet, valuable as they are, is not all-sufficient; I need an instructor too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can anybody help!
I have read all your comments on this cd and thought you could perhaps tell me if this would solve , or help to, my problem, the cd does sound good.
I live semi-rural area. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Hulme
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird song
Bought this for a non tech woman who loves it to bits, she listens to it all the time. By good value
Published 8 months ago by S HEAL
4.0 out of 5 stars Bird song
This is very in depth, with many types of call for each bird. Something that would prob be better if you were to study it, however a bit complicated for my 3 years old yet!
Published 8 months ago by Helen Odell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
Excellent tool for listening out! Worth going over individual songs several times and then listening to the real thing to fix them in the mind
Published 9 months ago by Matthew White
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Garden Birds
I liked this CD. We have a lot of birds in the garden and I don't recognise their songs, so this will be very useful. The way it is laid out is quite helpful.
Published 9 months ago by MRS ANNE MILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Garden Birds
Love this...... when i feel homesick i play this CD loudly on my garden..A touch of home for all expats..
Published 11 months ago by M. Sherrard-griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy summer days
If you love your garden, this is the way to know which little birds are singing in the sun. I never knew that most birds have different songs for morning and evening. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Grreat Reference Material
I had this bought for me and the first thing I did was transfer the recording to my smartphone. After inputing the titles from the CD cover I now have a mobile compendium of... Read more
Published 24 months ago by AS
1.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE?
This CD did not cover the ONE reason I had for buying it. I wanted to compare the songs of the blackcap and garden warbler. There is NO garden warbler on the CD! Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by ben james
5.0 out of 5 stars All these songs for a 'song'
A very well put together album of 'common' bird songs, definitely a good guide without a 'voice-over' to mar the superb sound of our wonderful garden birds.
Published on 16 April 2011 by Mr. J. F. Rogers
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