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How to memorize and recognise bird songs

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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 16:27   #26
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You don't have to register/log-in. Just stick with training quizzes. You get to set country etc, number of questions, multiple choice, amount of time etc. I sometimes do the photo quizzes to pass some quiet times. Not as successful with the sounds yet.
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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 19:57   #28
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SOrry, but I can't really memorize songs either!
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Old Monday 23rd December 2019, 14:46   #29
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For some reason, I find I can listen to recordings all day long and none of it really sticks in my mind. But when out in the field and hearing a new bird call or song, wondering what it is, then finding out by seeing the bird - then I never forget the sound.
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Old Monday 30th December 2019, 07:39   #30
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This ability is a gift, there are varying degrees to this gift but I find those that are best, often have an apptitude for music.

I'm still rubbish too, I can often get calls down to family but beyond that it's a guess. My recent trip to Africa made me feel ashamed, our guide was finding birds through the tiniest utterance that sounded the same as dozens of others to me, I really am in awe of such people.
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Old Tuesday 31st December 2019, 07:06   #31
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This ability is a gift, there are varying degrees to this gift but I find those that are best, often have an apptitude for music.
Fortunately its possible to get somewhere without a musical bent, because I certainly don't have one.

A lot of it is experience: people learn at different rates and in different ways (at different times in their lives, too!) so what works for one won't necessarily work for another: I find more goes in than I think but it needs the right cue to get it out again. So I have learned some calls in my few trips to Africa but I need to be back there hearing them for any to come back: I can't make them work out of context.

In Britain I'm now fairly clued up but each year I have to reset the difference between Garden Warbler and Blackcap song - I just can't retain that pair over winter. Following up calls in the field so you know for certain what's making them is excellent practice (and practise )


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Old Tuesday 31st December 2019, 15:04   #32
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I have no musical ear whatsoever, so it is possible to learn bird songs without it.

Just in case: recognizing bird songs is not like recognizing human songs, because first: the tone of the sound is very important, then it is not the whole song which matters, but only few crucial pieces.

Bird songs are more like glorified alarms or fancy melodies on mobile phones.
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