Late night opening — 9 Comments

  1. I recommend BirdNet –

    You can record birds' voices, and the app then checks with a database (of Cornell University) and tells you what you're hearing (and with what probability the analysis is right).

    Great fun, and instructive to boot!

    • Thanks for that Claudia!  I have just spent a happy while browsing birds [the feathered variety].  The problem with a sound sample is that it would consist of a chorus of different songs.  It would probably tell me I'm listening to a Wood Pigeon as they are very common here [along with Collared Doves] and tend to drown out the smaller birds.

      My one mystery is that a very common song I hear is apparently a Blackcap yet I don't remember ever seeing one.  Is there such a type as as Invisible Blackcap?

      • Sometimes this app even manages to show different birds from a chorus. Now and then, it shows what obviously must be wrong. It also recognizes "human" 🙂

        I use it whenever I hear a bird song that stands out – it works a treat, I've learned a lot since I use it! 

        Have fun!

  2. I listen to BBC radio 3 in the mornings and over the past few weeks on a Sunday, about 7.45, they have had 'Lucy Lapwing' explaining how to recognise various bird songs.

    I now know that it is a blackbird which wakes me around 5.40, and a robin which takes over later on

    • Robins and Blackbirds are easy enough.  A problem I have is in differentiating between a Blackbird and a Song Thrush.  They have similar calls, but if I remember correctly, the Blackbird constantly improvises whereas a Song Thrush will find a few notes it likes and will repeat them a few times before moving on.

  3. BBC Radio 4 at 05:58 each day broadcasts 'Tweet of the Day' – trouble is, at 5:58am they all sound the same.

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