Here's the original set of emails. You don't need to reads the parts about local LA area birds.
From: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018 9:01 AM
To: 'Thomas Miko'
Subject: RE: [LACoBirds] Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds
Which gadget did you get? And which app?
I'm giving a talk on sound recording for Pasasadena Audubon in March and would like to mention this.
From: "Thomas Miko [log in to unmask] [LACoBirds]"
To: "LA Co Birds"
Sent: 16-Feb-2018 07:19:06 +0000
Subject: [LACoBirds] Bald Eagle photos, recordings of other bird sounds
I read a posting/review on SD Birds about a directional microphone you can attach to your smart phone, and it pushed me over the line into buying it (I had read about this microphone, earlier, but was afraid to take the leap). I don't want to give any free endorsements (I am not benefitting from writing this email), but dang, am I glad I bought this thing. For under $65 (tax included) and another $5.99 for the same company's official iOS (iPhone) app, I now possess technology (a directional microphone with a digital audio recorder) that cost a lot of money 10 to 20 years ago. I also downloaded a free Android app written by 2 German undergrads to do the same thing on my other cell phone (a Google Pixel). Today I used the Pixel.
The Norwegian company only mentions iOS on their website, which led me to incorrectly believe that I can only use this "cell phone microphone" (which is made in Owstray-lee-yuh) to record bird sounds on my iPhone. Not true, at all. One thing that I learned while researching all of this is that the default recording mode that comes with your smart phone records sound in the .mp3 format, which apparently is terrible for bird sounds, and you need to use .wav format apps (software).
If you'd like a taste of what modern technology has placed within your budget, you can listen to the recordings, below.
Some of the reasons that I want to make my own bird sound recordings are that:
1. Sibley app et cie. only have warblers and some sparrows singing in the spring, when some guy with a parabola went out into the Canadian forest, and recorded them on their nesting grounds. I need to know what these various songbirds sound like when they winter in California, when they don't sing. The original LP records and CDs (had) have the same deficiency.
2. PARROTS, and other non-natives: the various bird apps do not have sound recordings of the non-natives. I want to record, and learn to identify the various parrot species when they fly overhead. Some of those flocks of Red-crowned Amazons flying overhead are most likely Lilac-crowned, but unless they land, and let me see their heads, I wind up calling them "Red-crowned."
3. Yes, I am aware of, and frequently peruse the bird sounds at <https://www.xeno-canto.org/> https://www.xeno-canto.org/ but I believe that the physical act of making my own recordings will help me learn bird sounds better than passively listening to other peoples' recordings.
Bonelli Bald Eagle, California Gnatcatcher: <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42811556> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42811556
Chestnut-sided Warbler sound recording: <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115
feral Peacocks on the mean streets of Pomona: <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42826115 (according to a resident, these Peacocks have lived here for 35 years)
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