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Comprehensive, but audio clips not long enough for me
on 12 October 2014
I am a nature-lover but not a fanatical birder - plants are more my thing, as they keep still to be looked at... What I am trying to do is learn the sounds of the birds in my suburban garden so that I can tell a robin from a blackbird or a bluetit from a chaffinch without actually seeing them. For that purpose, these CDs contain too many birds I'm never likely to encounter (all those warblers and rare water birds), but I could not find one on offer that concentrated on common or garden birds. I would have liked longer excerpts for most of them - the nightingale clip (yeah OK I haven't got one in my garden but there are some up the road) doesn't begin to do justice to the variety of song they produce. One feature I would like but which it would have been unfair to expect here would be that the 'titles' would come in between two clips or afterwards, or it be possible to suppress them, because I would next like to be able to test my knowledge! Having said all that, for what it does, this CD does it well, and it's probably unfair of me to want it to do something else.